The first wave of player ratings for Madden 24 have been released, with a New Orleans Saints safety featured. Time will tell how many more Saints are to come.
Whether your frustration for the stagnant, or even declining, quality of the video games in the Madden video game franchise prevent you from buying the game or even caring what the player ratings are or not, it's hard to deny the initial release of the player ratings for every upcoming game becomes a hot-button talking point during the dog days of summer, fans of the New Orleans Saints included. (ESPN NFL 2K5 is still goated by that's besides the point). The first batch has come out, with the top ten safeties in the game being released, and no doubt it'll have Saints fans talking. If you're into that kind of thing of course.
According to the game, the Saints have a top-five safety in the entire NFL, with the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu clocking in with a 91 overall, good enough to be tied for fourth in the league, a spot he's tied with new division rival Jessie Bates III of the Atlanta Falcons for.
It's hard to argue with these rankings, even if the health of Derwin James (and the rest of the Los Angeles Chargers in general) is a question mark. That said, we're glad that the Honey Badger is getting some flowers, and we're hoping it's emblematic of a larger picture.
The Saints have a real chance to make some noise given the talent of their roster, but they still have some detractors, primarily because they may not realize how talented this roster actually is. As such, the Saints are seen as a potential "sleeping giant" in the NFC, and that's perfectly fine.
Still, it wouldn't be the WORST thing if these Madden ratings get people to realize just how good the New Orleans Saints have a chance to be in 2023, and they start to get some respect. At the end of the day though, anything and everything will be proved on the field, and we still have a bit to go on that front unfortunately.