Kyler Murray isn’t satisfied with his new Madden rating.
After a Rookie of the Year campaign where he totaled over 4,200 yards with a completion percentage of 64.4, you would expect Madden 21 to reward Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray with a solid upgrade. However, that wasn’t the case for the former Oklahoma quarterback. Madden 21 gave him a 77 overall rating, the same rating he held by the end of last season.
After finding out his rating on ESPN’s First Take, Murray said “Honestly, I thought you were joking when you said that.” He was clearly expecting a major upgrade as well.
Murray was clearly quite upset with the rating, claiming that he couldn’t say everything on his mind on live television. Murray went on to say, “I take it as disrespect. But it is what it is. Like I said, I let my play speak for itself. Hopefully, it’ll bump up during the year.”
Murray deserves better than a 77 rating. He came into his rookie year as a 73 and his progression was worth far more than four overall points in his rookie season. He won of Rookie of the Year after all!
Murray will look to prove Madden wrong in 2020.
Murray will have a little more help in improving his rating in 2020 with the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins this offseason. The Cardinals add one of the NFL’s best wide receivers to an already dynamic wide receivers room that includes Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, and of course the ever-present Larry Fitzgerald.
If Murray can take a big leap in 2020, the Cardinals may be ready to compete for a Wild Card spot. Their defense is shaky, but the addition of Kenyan Drake last season made a major impact down the stretch last season. Kyler Murray is one of the most exciting players in the league. The Cardinals have done a great job to surround him with the talent he needs to succeed. Whatever happens next season, the Cardinals will be extremely fun to watch.