editionWith the start of every NFL season comes the newest addition of EA's Madden 22. This is a particularly exciting version of the game for LA Chargers fans as Justin Hebrert's rating will be far higher than it was as a rookie in Madden 21.
Herbert's rating has not yet been revealed as the ratings are slowly being released over time. We do know the ratings of two different Charger players in Joey Bosa and Keenan Allen.
Allen is a 93 overall and is one of the ten-highest-rated wide receivers in the league. For as much as Keenan Allen is slept on this is a happy surprise.
Joey Bosa's Madden 22 rating is solid, but leaves room to grow for the LA Chargers edge rusher.
Joey Bosa enters Madden 22 as a 92 overall left outside linebacker (in previous editions he was a left end, but with the LA Chargers going to a 3-4 defense he is now a left outside linebacker). I would be hard-pressed to complain about the grade Bosa got as he is one of the best edge rushers in the game.
However, this is not the ceiling for Bosa. By the time the season is over and the Madden team adjusts the ratings he should be well in the upper-90s. In fact, it would not be all that surprising if Bosa is the second-highest-rated defensive line player in the game behind Aaron Donald.
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The main reason is Staley. Bosa has already been elite in his career but Staley has made a living off of making elite players play even better. Von Miller and Khalil Mack thrived under Staley. In fact, Mack had a career year with Staley as his outside linebackers coach and has not reached that same level since.
Mack has obviously still been a great player but he has not been able to replicate that 2018 season. He got the best matchups of his career with Staley, who left with Vic Fangio to the Denver Broncos after that season.
Aaron Donald was already at the top of the food chain when Staley arrived to the Los Angeles Rams in 2020 but look at the impact he had on Leonard Floyd. He broke out with Staley in 2018, took a step back in 2019 and then joined the Rams in 2020 and had the best year of his career.
Staley does things to edge rushers that other coaches simply do not do. There is no denying that Joey Bosa is one of the most talented edge rushers in the league, so with the right coaching, the Defensive Player of the Year Award is possible.
And with that, Bosa would see hit rating skyrocket, likely in the 97-98 range. Right now, Myles Garrett is a 98 and Mack is a 96. Bosa can absolutely be in that upper echelon and even surpass those two.