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Leonard Hankerson Unfazed By Low-Ball Madden Rating

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 22, 2011 – 4:11 pm

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As the release date for EA Sports “Madden 2012″ draws near (August 30th), player rating numbers are being floated around the blogosphere.  For Redskins fans, commence the gnashing of teeth.

According to a post by author “EA Sports” on the official Madden 12 blog entitled “Madden NFL 12 Rookie Ratings: Top Wide Receivers,” Leonard Hankerson ranks eighth among rookie receivers and a 67 overall.

Ouch.  For comparison’s sake, AJ Green of the Bengals was listed as an 80 overall, and Atlanta’s Julio Jones is a 78 overall.  Is Hankerson really only 84 percent the player that Green is?  Redskins and Miami University fans took to their keyboards in protest.  Said one fan:

Another broke down the differential between Hankerson and Jones:

For old-school Madden fans, a 67 rating isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be.  In the mid-2000s versions of the game, a 99 overall ranking was much more common, and average players typically ranked in the upper-70’s and 80’s.  A 67 rating back then was bordering on sheer incompetence.  Considering that EA Sports has deflated rating numbers across the board since Madden 10, Hankerson shouldn’t feel too offended.

Hankerson, like many players is a big Madden Football fan.  According to his twitter account (@HankTime85), he doesn’t feel disrespected–just motivated:

Hankerson has a good approach and a track record of success.  Ratings are based on some combination of previous and predicted performance, but how does a game project a player that’s never taken a pro snap?  Hankerson proved his doubters wrong in college, flying up the depth chart to join an elite class of wide receiver alums from “The U.”

With such low expectations, Hankerson is almost guaranteed to exceed his rating in his rookie campaign.  With undeniable tools and a little extra motivation, there’s no telling how good actual–and virtual–Hankerson can become.


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9 Responses to “Leonard Hankerson Unfazed By Low-Ball Madden Rating”

  1. By Redskinrey on Jul 24, 2011 | Reply

    Madden Low-Balls everyone on Washington Brown was 93 on Madden 10 and when he came to Washington they put him in the mid 80’s.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    True, but Brown was coming off a debilitating ACL injury and surgery. That may have had something to do with it? By the way, Brown’s middle name is “Filbert.”

  3. By jt3 on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    what a crock of BS that you guys fired Terl. He was the only reason I logged on to redskins.com. He will be missed!!

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sorry you feel that way, but hey, I hope you give me a chance too–HTTR

  5. By Adam on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with jt3…weak move letting Terl go. I hope they at least acknowledge a change and make a statement on here…

  6. By Ray on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I believe Hank will have a great year, And I’m a lil taken back by Terl leaving but BT as a loyal fan I’m willing to give you a shot.—-HAIL

  7. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I really appreciate that Ray. Stick with me and feel free to comment any time!

  8. By ZwephyrEire on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Nothing against Brian here but WHAT in the world are the Redskins thinking getting rid of Terl?! The redesign/merge back into redskins.com is one thing (that I don’t care for at all) but firing Terl?! Unforgivable.

    THAT said, I welcome all Redskins writers into the fold, can’t have too many as far as I’m concerned. Certainly willing to give Brian Tinsman a fair shake…but I sure wish it wasn’t at the expense of Matt.

    I’m also wish they’d acknowledge it..you know, thank him for his years of loyalty and dedication. He means a lot to the fans – if the Redskins personnel of merit were smart they’d help Brian out by giving Matt a fair send-off.

  9. By Mike on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    You mean: University of Miami. The U and Miami (Ohio) are nothing alike

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