Madden 21 Week 2 ratings changes are almost here, so check out our picks of players who should be improved.
Week 1 of the NFL season completed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans picking up wins on Monday Night Football games. Madden season kicked off Aug. 28. With a ratings adjustment throughout the season aimed to replicate on-field production, let's take a look at five players who should have their ratings improved ahead of Week 2.
Madden 21 Week 2 Ratings Changes: 5 Players Who Should be Improved
DeAndre Hopkins - 98 Overall
If there was any argument for keeping D-Hop out of the 99 club, Week 1 ended that quickly. Hopkins lit up the San Francisco 49ers secondary to the tune of 14 catches for 151 yards. A receiver who catches everything that touches his hands, wins with route running at all three levels, and as tough as they come at the catch-point, Hopkins is simply as good as it gets on the outside.
Cam Newton - 78 Overall
Just to clear the air, at no point in his NFL career has Cam Newton been a 78 overall. That was just a bad rating from the jump. But for the doubters who questioned what he would look like in New England and coming back from a long injury lay-off, Week 1 was a flashback to the 2015 season when he won MVP. His physical tools alone should have him in the mid to high 80s. Super Cam is back.
Kyler Murray - 77 Overall
One of the players who voiced his frustration with a low Madden rating, Kyler Murray needs to be significantly upgraded from his current 77 overall. His Week 1 performance was impressive, leading an underdog Cardinals team to victory over the defending NFC champion 49ers. Look for a boost to multiple Cardinals players.
Aaron Rodgers - 89 Overall
Queue ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, "He's a BAAAAAAAAAAAAD MAN!" Aaron Rodgers came out with a lot to prove Week 1 after his team used their recent first round draft pick on his potential replacement in April's draft. Rodgers went 32 of 44 for 364 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Calvin Ridley - 83 Overall
Constantly overshadowed by his counterpart Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley is no slouch himself. One of the best route-runners to hit the league in quite some time, it's understandable that his rating wouldn't be so high. A lot of the nuances of his game would be hard to implement into Madden, but the developers aren't off the hook. 83 is still entirely too low and after his nine catches for 130 yards in Week 1.