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As JuJu Smith-Schuster was sprinting to a Pittsburgh Steelers-record 97-yard touchdown reception last week against the Detroit Lions, the rookie receiver kept looking back. There was a reason why: his Madden speed.
"To be honest, the reason I kept looking back was because of Madden -- my speed is like 82, 83," Smith-Schuster said after the game. "So I was like, 'Nah, I think they're going to catch me. They're going to catch me.' And then next, you know, I pulled away, and I swerved to the right, and I was able to get the touchdown."
It might be the first time a player ever used Madden (and his alleged slow speed in it) to judge whether he could outrun a player in real life. Madden actually had his speed rating at an 89 -- a number that changed for the first time this week from the initial 88 -- but the game is starting to give the receiver credit as the midseason point approaches.
Smith-Schuster started with a 73 overall rating. Now the NFL’s leading rookie receiver in real life (24 catches and 424 yards) is at 77, which is a little low considering who is in front of him. That includes his struggling madden nfl 18 coins teammate, Martavis Bryant, recently reinstated Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon and a gaggle of rookies, including Tennessee's Corey Davis, the Chargers' Mike Williams and the Rams' Cooper Kupp.
But don't worry too much, JuJu. Madden ratings tend to figure themselves out -- and the game has already recognized the 20-year-old's route running (up eight, from 69 to 77) and awareness (up from 68 to 77). Soon enough, the rest could catch up.
With that in mind, here's a spin around the "Madden NFL 18" universe at midseason, with all the good and bad through the game's virtual byte-sized eyes. To be up front, this is not a comprehensive list.
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