Madden 23: Gregory, Chubb ratings disappointing but make sense

DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 08: Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos tackles Darrel Williams #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs for a loss in the first quarter of a game at Empower Field at Mile High on January 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 08: Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos tackles Darrel Williams #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs for a loss in the first quarter of a game at Empower Field at Mile High on January 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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EA continues to release Madden 23 ratings and Denver Broncos pass rushers Randy Gregory and Bradley Chubb’s ratings are a smidge underwhelming.

The Denver Broncos are being slept on by EA’s Madden 23. I already talked about the ratings given to the team’s wide receivers and tight ends. Now we’ll talk about pass rushers Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory.

Chubb was given an overall rating of 78 while Gregory’s overall for the video game begins at 81. I would have hoped for both to be in the 80s with Gregory being at least an 85 overall.

Chubb would not be a higher overall to Gregory due to missing games because of injury throughout his young NFL career.

Though Gregory missed both the entire 2017 and 2019 seasons, he has been around several years longer than Chubb. Gregory has 16.5 sacks throughout his career including two six-sack seasons.

Those aren’t earth-shattering numbers, which justifies him not being a top-10 pass rusher.

Both players have a chip on their shoulders. Madden 23 should take note of that. Chubb is going to have to prove that he can stay healthy for an extended period of time and Gregory has to do the same but also prove that he can stay out of trouble which results in suspensions.

The edge rusher position is intriguing for the Denver Broncos. I don’t think that the team will just have Chubb and Gregory at right and left outside linebacker throughout the year even if both stay healthy.

I anticipate the team using a combination of those two with Jonathon Cooper (68), Malik Reed (73), and Baron Browning (71) at times.

Let’s not forget about rookie second-round pick Nik Bonitto, who I have very high hopes for. Bonitto was given an overall rating of 69, which is much lower than I would have expected for a second-round pick.

At the end of the day, the Broncos are going to have to go out and prove doubters wrong (yet again). It feels like they are always overlooked. Despite the good point about their record over the last six seasons, the team has some very talented players. Maybe things will change once they go out and prove that they can be successful as a group in 2022.