Playing with the Green Bay Packers in “Madden NFL 23” won’t be quite as easy as in previous years.
Gone are the days of throwing every pass to Davante Adams. With Adams now playing for the Las Vegas Raiders, Aaron Rodgers needs to find new targets in the passing game.
The wide receiver player ratings for the “Madden NFL 23” video game were released this week. Packers fans may want to look away.
Not a single Packers wide receiver has a “Madden” rating of 80 or higher. Yikes.
Free-agent signing Sammy Watkins has an overall rating of 79, the highest of Green Bay’s receivers.
Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard are close behind with overall ratings of 78 and 77 respectively.
Rookies in the game often start out with fairly low overall ratings, which rise as they prove themselves in the NFL.
That’s no different for the Packers.
Second-round pick Christian Watson has an overall rating of 71, which ranks fourth among Green Bay’s wide receivers.
Fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs has an overall rating of 67, third-lowest of the Packers’ wide receivers. Seventh-rounder Samori Toure is the team’s (joint) lowest-rated receiver at just 66. Malik Taylor also has an overall rating of 66.
Second-year player Amari Rodgers struggled in his rookie season, and his “Madden” rating shows this. His overall rating is just 69.
Interestingly, Juwann Winfree’s overall rating of 67 is tied with Doubs and is higher than Taylor and Toure’s ratings.
Needless to say, this receiving corps has a lot to prove.
The hope for the Packers is that one of the rookie receivers can make an immediate impact. Only time will tell whether that happens.
If it takes some time, Green Bay will need the trio of Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, and Allen Lazard to deliver.
If we’re basing it on “Madden NFL 23” ratings, that might not be good news for the Packers.