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Trio of former Alabama wide receivers headline Madden 23 ratings

Jaylen Waddle (#17) returns a punt for the Dolphins in second half of 2021 game versus New York Giants
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Electronic Arts (EA) Sports is releasing Madden 23 on August 19.

The company is honoring the legendary John Madden, who died on Dec. 28, 2021.

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Madden will be on the cover of the game, but Alabama football is showing its presence too. According to EA Sports and National Football League Players Association, three Crimson Tide alums at wide receiver earned high ratings. Amari Cooper, a former first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is in his eighth pro season and first with the Cleveland Browns. He has posted five 1,000-yard seasons in his career and has an overall grade of 90 in Madden 23. Cooper is rated as a top-10 receiver overall in the game.

Jameson Williams and Jaylen Waddle are in the top five for speed.

Williams suffered a knee injury in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Georgia, but the former Alabama weapon received a 98 for speed. He got selected at No. 12 overall by the Detriot Lions in this year’s draft and is second in speed behind Tyreek Hill (99) of the Miami Dolphins. Waddle, Hill’s teammate, comes in at No. 4 for speed with a 97 rating.

Waddle looks to have a monster season in Miami while the Lions are excited to see what Williams does.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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