The Madden NFL franchise released all of their indiviual and team ratings on Monday, and though it was already known, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones finished very low on the list.
Jones had an abysmal grade of 63, which is the lowest grade among rookie quarterbacks. Even undrafted free agent QB Tyree Jackson has a 64 rating for the Bills to start the year.
So does that make Jones the worst rookie quarterback in Madden history?
Doing research over the last decade, we have looked through the notable rookie quarterbacks in each Madden game to see if anyone came close to Jones' ranking. Well only Tyrod Taylor (62) and Taysom Hill (60) were worse than Jones. Taylor would become a pretty solid starter for the Bills, and Hill is basically the Saints' Swiss Army knife at the moment playing on all sides of the ball.
But there were some duds in the NFL that earned a higher Madden grade than Jones. For example, Tim Tebow came out of Florida with a 70 overall grade in Madden 11. Then there is former Giants backup Ryan Nassib, who had an overall 72 grade. Even Landry Jones and Mike Glennon were higher at 67 and 66 respectively.
These are all quarterbacks that haven't made a significant impact in their careers, and were all drafted lower than Jones. Players around Jones' draft choice like Lamar Jackson (79) and Mitch Trubisky (77) were rated as one might expect a first-rounder to be. So does Will Grier (66) and Drew Lock (67), let alone Kyler Murray (73) and Dwayne Haskins (72), deserve to be higher than Jones?
Now Jones can easily change that with the Madden ratings fluctuating based off performance, but not all players played down to their first rankings. Russell Wilson, for one, was initially rated a 70 in Madden 13. He's obviously one of the best signal callers in the league today. Other notables in that category are Kirk Cousins (72), Nick Foles (65), Dak Prescott (71), and Jimmy Garoppolo (71).
Of the 63 rookie quarterbacks we found, the average rating was 72.61. And for those drafted in the first round, it was even higher at 76.24. So is Madden overexaggerating by putting Jones at 63? He may not get the chance to flip the script this season with Eli Manning still under center, but he'll certainly get his shot to prove Madden wrong soon.