He received no Pro Bowl consideration in 2017 and his name was a blaring omission in the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2018. The disrespect for the Man Called Snacks is real but at least one entity has given him his proper place among the NFL’s elite.
Harrison received a 95-overall rating in this year’s incarnation of the Madden NFL video game. The rating is the highest for any defensive tackle and tied with Odell Beckham Jr. for highest rating on the team. Harrison gave his seal of approval on Twitter.
— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) July 10, 2018
While Snacks got his proper respect from the Madden researchers, quarterback Eli Manning received a rating of just 76. Manning is the 36th ranked quarterback in the game. He didn’t have one of his best seasons in ’17. The loss of three of the top four wide receivers and three best players on the offensive line will do that. At the same time, it is difficult to believe that there are 35 quarterbacks in the NFL with a higher rating than Manning.
Runnng back Saquon Barkley, the second overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, received the highest rating for any rookie.
Here is the complete Giants roster with their Madden NFL 19 ratings:
1. Shane Smith-65
1. Odell Beckham Jr.-95
2. Sterling Shepard-82
3. Cody Latimer-72
4. Roger Lewis-72
5. Russell Shepard-72
6. Travis Rudolph-69
7. Kalif Raymond-66
8. Hunter Sharp-64
9. Amba Etta-Tawo-61
10. Marquis Bundy-60
Right Defensive Ends
1. Damon Harrison-95
2. R.J. McIntosh-67
3. Josh Thomas-67
Left Defensive Ends
Right Outside Linebackers
Left Outside Linebackers
This year’s Madden features seven players with the coveted 99-rating: quarterback Tom Brady (New England Patriots), wide receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive end Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams), tight end Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots), linebacker Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers), linebacker Von Miller (Denver Broncos), and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers).
Ratings for each player on all 32 teams are now available on the EA Sports website. Madden NFL 19 is scheduled to be released on Aug. 10.
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.