Madden has always been the most hyper-realistic football simulator, from the beads of sweat on player’s foreheads, right down to not knowing what the Washington team’s name is supposed to be. But the fanfare for now is about the thing the players themselves care most about: the player ratings. Rookies are generally rated pretty low for good reason. How do we know if they’re good at NFL football if they’ve never played an NFL football game before? So you rarely see rookie rankings climb above the early 70s.