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Josh Jacobs receives rookie rating in Madden NFL 20.
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere and some of the top prospects from the 2019 class have seen an early glimpse of their ratings in "Madden 20."
Every summer, one of the biggest traditions is figuring out the ratings for the upcoming iterations of the Madden NFL series of video games. The questions always persist about which high profile player will have the best grade such as Patrick Mahomes or Antonio Brown.
Although the rookies are far more fascinating considering that they are bringing fresh talent to the digital rosters. Well, some of the rookies got an early look at their scores over the weekend as part of the Rookie Premiere, and now that information is seeping out in the world.
Josh Jacobs revealed his rating on Twitter over the weekend, posting his score of 74. Apparently, there was only one player ahead of him in the initial rookie ratings, so the 24th overall pick was satisfied with where he landed. "74 rating as a rookie @EAMaddenNFL. I'll take it," Jacobs wrote on Twitter.
For comparison, the phenom from Penn State, Saquon Barkley, had an 82 overall rating to start his NFL career. He was the second-highest rookie back in 2018, topping Baker Mayfield by one point but falling behind Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (83).
The other top running backs were Derrius Guice of the Washington Redskins (78), Ronald Jones II of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (77), Sony Michel of the New England Patriots (77) and Nick Chubb of the Browns (76).
With the yearly release schedule, it's fascinating to watch the various updates take place in real time as players get injured, struggle with drops, or turn in a much better season than expected. This leads to constantly-evolving grades and consistent updates.
For example, a top quarterback like Aaron Rodgers could start out as a 99 overall but drop down to 94 if the season doesn't pan out accordingly.
The same also applies to the bottom of the scale. Some of the rookies may be facing an overall score in the 60s or 70s, but that will likely change with playing time and big plays.
Jacobs is only a 74 overall now, but that's likely to increase with each passing week. The Raiders expect the former Alabama running back to be heavily involved, even as a rookie, and his grade will reflect that fact.
What will be interesting to track with the official release of the ratings, complete with a breakdown of each stat, will be how the various factors play into the final score.
For example, Jacobs is a powerful runner, but he's also a talented receiving option. Will he have better grades than Myles Gaskin or Bryce Love in terms of serving as an extra target in the passing attack?
While this grade only gives a partial look into the 2019 rookie class, it will be interesting to see where the other options land.
Will Hunter Renfrow be one of the top receivers, or will his smaller size be an issue for EA Sports? The answer will be provided in the coming weeks and months as the release of "Madden 20" approaches.