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Minkah Fitzpatrick Misses Top Spot in Madden Safety Rankings



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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept, 19, 2021. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is the second-best safety in the EA Sports Madden NFL 24 video game.

Fitzpatrick has an overall rating of 93, the second-highest behind Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers, who has a 95. Fitzpatrick is the best free safety. James is listed as a strong safety.

Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos and Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans have 92 rating. Jesse Bates III of the Atlanta Falcons and Tyrann Mathieu of he New Orleans Saints have 91 ratings. Budda Baker of the Arizona Cardinals, Jordan Poyer of the Buffalo Bills and Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings have 90 ratings.

Fitzpatrick had an 89 rating in last year’s version of the game. He was the third-highest rated Steelers player, behind T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward.

In 2023, Fitzpatrick earned his third Associated Press All-Pro selection, alongside James as one of two first-team safeties. He was also voted to the NFLPA Players’ All-Pro Team, the PFWA All-NFL team, the Pro Bowl, and was named team MVP by his Steelers teammates.

“Yeah, that guy really deserves it,” fellow defensive standout Watt said of Fitzpatrick. “He comes in here everyday and works his ass off. Honestly, he’s been awesome this year and it’s great to see all his work pay off.”
Despite missing two games with injury, Fitzpatrick finished tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions. He also had 11 passes defended and was second on the Steelers with 96 tackles.

Two of Fitzpatrick’s interceptions and one of his pass break-ups came on game-deciding drives. He also blocked an extra point to keep the Steelers alive in what became a season-opening overtime win at Cincinnati.

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The Steelers’ co-starters at strong safety, Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal, were rated 77 and 75, respectively. Slot corner Duke Dawson (68), special teamer Miles Killebrew (67) and backups Kenny Robinson (66) and Tre Norwood (65) were also rated.