The Houston Texans have three players who received a 90 or better rating in the newest edition of the Madden NFL video game series.
The top three players on the roster of the Houston Texans received the three best ratings for the upcoming Madden NFL 20 video game, with two defensive players and one on offense receiving ratings of 92 or better.
Released earlier this month was wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins having a rating of 99, being just one of four players in the entire NFL to have the highest possible rating, including being the lone offensive player to have that rating. Within his overall rating, Hopkins had a 99 in awareness, 92 in speed, 93 in acceleration rating, 92 in ability and 78 in strength.
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Hopkins also had a 79 rating in elusiveness, 94 in BC vision, 75 in carrying rating, 91 in juke move and maybe most important, a 99 in spectacular catch rating, catching, catch in traffic, release and jumping.
The two others with 90-plus ratings in Madden NFL 20 are J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, with Watt — listed as a defensive end — coming in at 97 overall and Clowney — who is listed as a right outside linebacker — at 92.
Watt has an awareness rating at 99, plus tackle and strength ratings of each at 97. Watt also came in with a power move rating of 94, plus a finesse move rating of 93. Clowney has an awareness rating of 95, with an acceleration rating of 90. Clowney also has an impact blocking rating of 93 and a play recognition rating of 97.
Some other overall ratings of note for the Texans include running back Lamar Miller at 85 overall, second-year free safety Justin Reid at 84 and wide receiver Will Fuller at 82. Quarterback Deshaun Watson comes in at 82 overall, making him the 13th-rated quarterback in the game.
One of the grades that should be higher is that of Watson. In his two seasons in the league, he’s proven to be a difference maker for the Texans, and when he’s on the field he gives them a better overall chance to win games with his overall skill set of not only throwing the football, but running with the football as well.
Watson does have an individual rating when it comes to breaking sacks of 96 and a throw under pressure rating of 91. Watson also has a stamina rating at 97, but what stands out the most is his awareness rating of 77. Looking back at last season, there were some awareness issues with Watson, but being it was his second season and his first full year as a starter for all 16 games, his awareness was better than the rating given to him for Madden NFL 20.
As for these launch ratings by the video game, they are what they are, but for those who play, the good thing is they can change throughout the season for those who play on PlayStation 4 or XBox One. The game should be exciting as it always is, and maybe the likes of Watt, Hopkins and Clowney will be joined by some more teammates in the 90s based on their overall play this upcoming season.