Byron Jones: Hit
A defensive player in the 90 overalls and it isn’t DeMarcus Lawrence? It’s a football miracle! Byron Jones has done the near impossible. Our fellow Pro Bowl corner cemented himself as a top 5 corner last season under the guidance of Kris Richard.
As a rank, I could be convinced Jones was a CB5 last season. There were some players like Xavien Howard and Kyle Fuller who probably should’ve been in front of Jones, but Richard Sherman should also be downgraded from his 93 overall rating leaving Jones in the CB5-6 range.
So what did EA get right with Jones?
Jones didn’t catch an interception. Has he shown the ability to in the past? Yes. Does he do it frequently? No. This rating is justified.
Richard likes his cornerbacks to play physical at the line of scrimmage. Something that made Byron Jones effective on his way to the Pro Bowl was his physicality and aggression at the line. A 93 press rating is a good indicator of how he played.
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Jones’ athleticism has always been on display. EA recognizing it with a 94 rating makes him the 9th most agile corner in the game.
In all, a 91 overall rating for Byron Jones is a good number. He’s turning into an elite corner in this league but his ball production leaves some attributes left to be desired. The Cowboys would hope Jones could take the next step into becoming a better playmaker.
With that are 4 guys’ Madden ratings I wanted to discuss. The honorable mentions that didn’t make the list are: Leighton Vander Esch: Miss, Robert Quinn: Miss, Randy Gregory: Miss, and Randall Cobb: Hit.
With that we wrap up an analysis of how poorly EA can analyze a players ability.