The latest installment of the Madden NFL franchise, Madden NFL 19, is set for an August 10 release, and to build excitement for the nearly 30-year-old franchise that originally debuted in 1989, EA Sports has unveiled initial player ratings for the virtual versions of football’s professionals.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson ranks as the game’s third highest-rated quarterback with a 92 overall. The two quarterbacks rated higher than the Seahawks signal caller — Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New England’s Tom Brady — are each members of the 99 overall club.
Tuesday’s player ratings reveal also appears to have settled a debate between Seattle’s Griffin twins — cornerback Shaquill Griffin and linebacker Shaquem Griffin — who EA Sports asked, “Which Griffin brother has a faster speed rating in Madden NFL 19?”
For a bit of background to the sibling rivalry, Seahawks fans might recall the two were clocked running the exact same time in the 40-yard dash at their respective NFL Combine workouts. Shaquill, who the Seahawks drafted in the third round last year, ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash in 2017 while Shaquem, who Seattle selected in the fifth round this past April, recorded a 4.38-second 40-time this year.
"Well, if you look at the simul-cam, when I first took off I was in front, so I’m going with me,” Shaquill answered.
“Well, let’s go with just us growing up, period,” countered Shaquem. "I always had the most acceleration.”
As it turns out, Madden NFL 19 gives a slight speed-rating edge to Shaquill — for now, at least — with the Seahawks cornerback securing a 92 rating to his twin brother Shaquem’s 91.
Madden NFL 19’s full Seahawks player ratings can be found right here, but here’s a few more Seahawks-related highlights:
Highest overall rating: LB Bobby Wagner (97)
Highest speed rating: WR Marcus Johnson (93) and WR Tyler Lockett (93)
Highest strength rating: G Jordan Roos (94), who recorded 41 bench press reps at Purdue’s pro day workout in 2017, six more reps than any offensive lineman at that year's NFL Combine.