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Former Penn State Football Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers Earn ‘Madden 21’ Ratings

“Madden 21” released its rookie ratings for quarterbacks and wide receivers Thursday. This means we finally get to see what people believe KJ Hamler and Tommy Stevens will bring to their respective NFL teams — in the world of video games, of course.

Hamler had the higher overall rating out of the pair with a 70. He had the second-highest speed rating for rookies with a 94, as well as the second-highest acceleration at 95. He also tied with new Denver Broncos teammate Jerry Jeudy for second in agility, both with a 93.

Jeudy, however, is ranked as a 75 overall. While not matching Hamler’s speed and acceleration, Jeudy holds the advantage in almost every other category. So, the people at Madden strongly believe Jeudy is the top receiver for the Broncos, while Hamler will likely be a solid weapon as well.

If you were to compare Hamler to someone who had a similar overall as him from this rookie class, one can look at New York Jets rookie Denzel Mims. Both have 70 overall ratings, and each of their skill ratings are relatively close to one another.

For example, Hamler has a better spin-move (78) and juke-move (83) rating, but only by one and three points respectively. On the other hand, Mims has a higher awareness (68) and catching (79) rating, but only by five and two points respectively.

Tommy Stevens, unfortunately, did not have as high of a rating. He is actually the fourth-lowest ranked quarterback in this rookie class, coming in at 54. Stevens is one of the faster quarterbacks, however, with an 81 speed rating and an 88 acceleration. He has the fourth-highest acceleration rating out of all quarterbacks, and comes in at fifth-place in agility (83), and eighth in throwing power (87).

A lot of experts expect Stevens to follow the Taysom Hill model, especially since he’ll now join Hill on the Saints. Last season, Hill started as a 58 overall player. His speed rating was an 89, his acceleration was an 87, and his agility rating was an 83.

Stevens initial ratings are higher in both acceleration and agility. But Hill’s awareness rating was 25 points ahead of Stevens’ 51, which means that he’ll still have plenty improve upon. Hill finished last season as a 64 overall, and will probably be higher than that when all of the Madden’s rankings are released.

Rookie ratings will continue to be released throughout the summer. Stay tuned to see where other Nittany Lions land.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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