Each year, when the new edition of EA Sports' award-winning Madden video game series is released, the first thing most avid fans do is check to see what their favorite players' ratings are.
Those who are disappointed with the initial ratings begin to wait impatiently until the first roster update is available for download, which is typically after Week 1 of the NFL season.
Just as there are some players who benefit from scorching performances in their respective season openers, there is another group of players whose ratings will fall due to either lackluster showings on the field in Week 1, or, in some cases, a complete loss of playing time.
Here are a few players who will see drops in their ratings when the first roster update is released.
After Matt Flynn's spectacular performance in the Packers' final game of the 2011 season, the former backup was supposed to be handed the keys to the Seahawks' offense in 2012.
Unfortunately for Flynn, Seattle opted to go with Russell Wilson as the team's starting quarterback, so it's unlikely that he'll retain his rating of 79 beyond Week 1, especially considering Wilson's currently a 70.
Currently at a very respectable 85, Kellen Winslow might be the most highly rated player in Madden 13 who is currently in search of a new NFL team.
After being cut by the Seahawks, Winslow, who holds the ninth-highest rating of any tight end in the game, will not be in an NFL uniform for Week 1, so it'd be a colossal oversight on the part of EA Sports if his rating didn't drop.
Heading into training camp, Neil Rackers was arguably the favorite to be the Redskins' starting kicker in 2012, which is why when Madden 13 was released, he carried an overall rating of 79.
By the end of the preseason, though, the Skins had picked up former Raven Billy Cundiff, and Rackers was out of a job completely.
Due to the personnel change in Washington, he'll see a drop in his ratings after Week 1.
Though Chad Ochocinco, now once again legally known as Johnson, didn't have the rating he did during previous editions of the Madden series, his original overall rating of 76 will almost undoubtedly be even lower very soon.
That's because in the weeks since the ratings were set, the former Bengals star saw his opportunity with the Miami Dolphins disintegrate after his much-publicized spat with his wife.
If he can catch on with another team later in the season, they'll rise once again, but until then, he won't be of much use to gamers on the field in Madden 13.
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