"Madden 25," the next installment in the long running NFL video game franchise, will be released on August 27 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Who will the top rated players be in "Madden 25?"
NFL.com's Adam Rank spoke with Donny Moore of EA Sports, who let some of the player rankings slip. So here are some of the rankings that Moore revealed, starting with Quarterback.
"Madden 25" Quarterback Ratings
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots both have a 98 rating. Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos has a grade of 97, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Sints has a 96 and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons has a 94 rating.
It remains to be seen if older QBs like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees can continue to rack up passing yards and touchdown passes the way they have for most of their careers. Matt Ryan is a terrific regular season performer, but we can't consider him a top-five Quarterback unless he leads the Atlanta Falcons deep into the playoffs one of these seasons. Aaron Rodgers just lost one of his key offensive linemen, Bryan Bulaga. His stats might not look as terrific at the end of this season if Bulaga's replacement is a significant notch below what Bulaga usually provides in terms of protection. It remains to be seen whether these players will be deserving of such high grades once we get towards the end of the season.
"Madden 25" Running Back Ratings
Adrian Petersen of the Minnesota Vikings tops the list with a 99 rating, right behind him is Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks with 95, who is trailed by Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and his 95 score. Occupying the fourth and fifth slots are Ray Rice of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens with a 94 and Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs with a 94 as well. We don't quite agree with the 94 rating for Jamaal Charles, and here's why.
Jamaal Charles gained a lot of yards last season, but he was also wildly inconsistent at times. For the year, he ran for 1,509 yards, but only five touchdowns. On top of that, he had five games with over 100 rushing yards and two games with over 200 rushing yards. However, he also had one game with 53 rushing yards, one game with 10 rushing yards, one with 39 rushing yards, one with 4 rushing yards, another game with 40 rushing yards, and a game with 3 rushing yards. Don't believe us? Check out his game log on NFL.com here.
Single digit rushing yard games are unacceptable for a player as highly ranked as Jamaal Charles is in "Madden 25." It's not always about total yardage, consistency should be taken into account as well.
"Madden 25" Wide Receiver Ratings
Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions is the highest rated wide receiver in "Madden 25" with a 99 rating. Andrew Johnson of the Houston Texans is ranked second with 97. Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears with tied with Johnson. A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is fourth with 94. Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons and Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos are both fifth with 93. What, no Victor Cruz or Demaryius Thomas?
"Madden 25" Tight End Ratings
Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is the top-rated Tight End in "Madden 25" with a grade of 98. Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys is right behind Gronk with a score of 96. Tied with Witten is Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, who also has a grade of 96. Gronkowski is not even guaranteed to start the season due to injury, so we don't agree with his ranking at all.
"Madden 25" Offensive Line Ratings
Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles is the top-rated Offensive Lineman with a mark of 98. Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns is right behind Mathis with a grade of 97. Mathis is tied with Marshal Yanda of the Baltimore Ravens and Andy Levitre of the Tennessee Titans. In the fifth slot, "Madden 25" Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers got a grade of 78.
What do you think of the "Madden 25" player rankings revealed above? Do you agree with them or not? Do you plan to get "Madden 25?" Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below.