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Madden NFL 20 Gridiron Notes: Player Ratings Stretch


Today, EA Sports released another edition of Gridiron Notes for Madden NFL 20. Today’s entry covers the changes EA has made to player ratings in Madden 20, which will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 2. Here is a complete breakdown of today’s Gridiron Notes.


The term “player ratings stretch” is simply a way of explaining that players have more distinction in Madden 20, as compared to Madden 19 or other previous versions. This was done in order to help truly great players with elite ratings stand out more and be more impactful on the game. Stretching player ratings falls right in line with Madden NFL 20‘s new X-Factor and Superstar Abilities system.

All players in Madden NFL 20 are now divided into the following tiers:

  • Elite/near elite players
  • Quality starters
  • low-level starters
  • backups
  • low-level backups

Per EA, “By increasing the ratings of the elite/near elite players, and decreasing the ratings of everyone else, the stars began to stand out even more than they did before. We went through every single attribute in the game and stretched them by position.”

The tier affected most by the player ratings stretch was the quality starters tier. In previous editions of Madden, even the worst rosters had a considerable amount of players you could call ‘quality’ starters, regardless if that team had stars or not. In Madden 20, there are more low-level starters, and those players will not play above their ratings like past years.

Anyone who played the beta noticed a variety of differences and changes to the passing game. One of the biggest adjustments for Madden 20 is the throw power rating. According to EA, “We lowered the maximum velocity for passes to help add more trajectory to all throw types. Because of this, players with high throw power will have less trajectory than QBs with weaker arms.”

Essentially, EA has lowered the ratings of hundreds of players. Their goal was to create a more realistic gameplay experience in which stars look and play like stars compared to the majority of other players on the field. Below is a look at how many players fall into certain overall rating thresholds in Madden 20.


You can read more about the player ratings stretch Madden NFL 20 notes here.

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