Madden Paxton Lynch

Now that he is an NFL quarterback, Denver Broncos rookie Paxton Lynch can now be officially rated for the video game world. His debut rating in Madden NFL, however, may not even be a score a mother could be proud of. Not Lynch’s mother at least.

With the release of this year’s edition of the hit NFL video game coming soon, the ratings for players are beginning to make the rounds, especially for the notable rookies in the league. Lynch’s Madden rating comes in with a speed rating of 79.

“My mother would be ashamed of me,” Lynch joked when discussing his Madden rating in a promotional video released by EA Sports. Lynch predicted his sped rating would be in the 80s, so he was not too far off given the final score as determined by the programmers.

Lynch was one of many rookies to get a chance to make their score predictions in front of a camera for EA Sports, as well as react to the revealing of their actual score for a variety of categories. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott came close to predicting his overall score, overestimating his video game skill by four points. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff predicted his throwing accuracy to be 94 or 95, overshooting his rating by 12-13 points. As you can see, the rookies had a knack for overestimating their skill ratings.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Cardale Jones joked “I think you need to re-do that game, I think there’s a glitch.” Jones had some fun with his prediction for his throwing power, saying he should have a 103 rating. The rating system does not go that high, but Jones still packs a 96 throwing power rating in the game, which is impressive – especially for a rookie.

If this doesn’t drop a dose of reality on these former college football stars, training camps coming up surely will.

Madden NFL 17 is scheduled for release on August 23 on the Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

[The Denver Post]

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.