There's no season quite like Madden season.
Thirty years and 120 million copies sold since its first release back in 1988, Madden NFL remains the gold standard in American football video game series. The 30th installment of the iconic game, Madden NFL 19, hits shelves nationwide on August 10.
One of the annual traditions this time of year as fans of the game await its release is the debate over the player ratings (they change year-to-year). Over the past several weeks, EA Sports has been releasing its top-five player ratings at each position. For example, Saquon Barkley is the top-rated rookie running back in the game, with an 82 overall grade.
So how about the full squad? Here are some of the top Giants in Madden NFL 19, in reverse order. One thing to note – Madden ratings are based off an eye-popping 47 different category combinations.
72 Overall: Safety Michael Thomas (86 Speed, 88 Acceleration, 85 Agility)
72 Overall: Wide Receiver Russell Shepard (90 Speed, 90 Acceleration, 90 Agility)
72 Overall: Defensive End Josh Mauro (85 Strength, 77 Pursuit, 78 Tackle)
72 Overall: Linebacker Kareem Martin (82 Speed, 89 Acceleration, 79 Strength)
72 Overall: Wide Receiver Cody Latimer (90 Speed, 91 Acceleration, 88 Agility)
72 Overall: Wide Receiver Roger Lewis Jr. (91 Speed, 88 Acceleration, 86 Agility)
72 Overall: Center Brett Jones (84 Strength, 81 Pass Block, 73 Run Block
72 Overall: Linebacker B.J. Goodson (83 Speed, 88 Acceleration, 84 Strength)
72 Overall: Linebacker Lorenzo Carter (88 Speed, 90 Acceleration, 84 Agility)
73 Overall: Cornerback William Gay (88 Speed, 89 Acceleration, 83 Agility)
74 Overall: Linebacker Alec Ogletree (86 Awareness, 87 Agility, 89 Acceleration)
74 Overall: Cornerback Eli Apple (92 Speed, 92 Acceleration, 90 Agility)
74 Overall: Running Back Wayne Gallman (89 Speed, 87 Acceleration, 84 Agility)
75 Overall: Kicker Aldrick Rosas (93 Kick Power, 80 Kick Accuracy)
75 Overall: Punter Riley Dixon (79 Kick Accuracy, 88 Kick Power)
76 Overall: QB Eli Manning (90 Throw Power, 87 Short Accuracy, 81 Play Action)
77 Overall: Guard John Jerry (88 Strength, 81 Pass Block, 74 Run Block)
77 Overall: TE Rhett Ellison (86 Acceleration, 81 Run Block, 80 Run Block Power)
78 Overall: Guard Will Hernandez (95 Strength, 82 Run Block, 80 Pass Block)
82 Overall: Linebacker Olivier Vernon (87 Acceleration, 84 Tackle, 85 Awareness)
82 Overall: DT Dalvin Tomlinson (88 Strength, 87 Block Shedding, 86 Tackle)
82 Overall: Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard (93 Agility, 91 Acceleration, 90 Speed)
82 Overall: Running Back Saquon Barkley (94 Agility, 93 Acceleration, 92 Speed)
83 Overall: RB Jonathan Stewart (93 Awareness, 91 Acceleration, 86 Trucking)
83 Overall: Tackle Nate Solder (90 Strength, 78 Pass Block, 85 Run Block)
85 Overall: Tight End Evan Engram (90 Speed, 91 Acceleration, 85 Catch)
88 Overall: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (95 Agility, 90 Speed, 92 Acceleration)
88 Overall. Safety Landon Collins (90 Acceleration, 88 Speed, 89 Hit Power)
95 Overall: DT Damon Harrison Sr. (93 Strength, 94 Tackle, 96 Block Shedding)
95 Overall: Wide Receiver Odell Beckam Jr. (94 Speed, 98 Agility, 94 Acceleration)
You can view player ratings for the entire Giants 2018 roster here.
- Damon Harrison is the top-rated defensive tackle in the game, with a 95 overall rating. Check out the write-up from EA Sports: "With a 62 Speed, Harrison isn't exactly chasing anyone down. That said, he's essentially the best run stopper in the game. A 93 Strength and a 94 tackle (highest at this position), means Harrison will bring down anything within reach. And though he may lack the Speed that most players prefer on the attack, his best-in-class 96 Block Shedding ensures he still has the potential to break through the O-line."
- Odell Beckham Jr. is the third-rated wide receiver in the game, with a 95 overall rating. Here's his write-up, courtesy of EA Sports: "Right off the bat, OBJ handles a little different than Julio [Jones] and AB [Antonio Brown]. First off, his 94 Speed is not only the best among the top five, but it's also higher than any other WR with a 90+ OVR. His 98 Agility and 97 Juke match AB's. But his 99 Spectacular Catch tops all other players in Madden 19."
- With a 90 Speed Rating, Evan Engram is the fastest tight end in the game. Overall, Engram is tied for 12th at his position.
- With an 88 Overall Rating, Landon Collins checks in as the eighth-ranked strong safety in the game, which seems a bit low given the four-year veteran is now a two-time Pro Bowler.
- Will Hernandez's 95 Strength Rating is second among all left guards, trailing only fellow rookie guard Quenton Nelson. Not bad for a pair of hog mollies who have yet to play a single snap in the NFL.
- Which member of the Giants secondary has the highest agility rating? Bet you wouldn't have guessed Grant Haley. The undrafted rookie out of Penn State has a 95 Agility, tied for seventh among all NFL cornerbacks.
Stay tuned to Giants.com once training camp rolls around for our annual feature showing Giants players reacting to their Madden NFL ratings!