NFL extravaganza and legendary video game Madden 25 is set to be released on August 27, 2013. With just under one month remaining, millions of fans around the world are impatiently waiting for the sports game of the summer.
With offensive battles soon to ensue, we must ask one question—if you're looking to air it out, which receivers should be the most reliable?
Some players aren't stars but have carved out reputations as players with hands that any quarterback can depend on. Others are Pro Bowlers but may not be the players with the type of name value that jumps off of the page.
It may not be flashy, but for dependency, the following wide receivers should receive high ratings.
Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles
Experience: 7 Seasons
2012 Season Statistics
14 GP, 53 receptions, 648 yards, 0 dropped passes
Really? Jason Avant? Yes, really.
Just check the numbers.
During the 2012 NFL regular season, with nothing short of turmoil at the quarterback position for the Philadelphia Eagles, Avant was the most reliable receiver in football. He may not be piling up 100-yard games or catching 10 touchdowns, but he did something else.
Avant finished with 53 receptions and 684 yards with zero dropped passes.
In fact, the only true gaffe of the season for Avant was a fumble that the Eagles recovered. With an average of 12.2 yards per reception and 32 of his 53 receptions going for first down, there's only one word to describe Avant.
Avant won't have an overall rating above 90, and it's unlikely that he even hits 80 on the scale. What he will have, however, is an extraordinarily high rating for his hands, both on intermediate and deep routes.
Hauling in every catchable pass thrown his way should make Avant the most reliable receiver in Madden 25.
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Experience: 4 Seasons
2012 Season Statistics
9 GP, 62 receptions, 677 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 dropped pass
Percy Harvin may be heading to the injured reserve list, as he will require hip surgery and thus miss a majority, if not all, of the 2013 NFL season. With that being said, Harvin will still be available in Madden 25.
Not only are his hands reliable, but he's the one player that you can feel comfortable using in every phase of the game.
During the 2012 regular season, Harvin managed to hang onto 62 of the 63 catchable passes thrown his way. Throw in 22 rushing attempts and 16 kickoff returns and you have a total of two fumbles on 100 total touches.
That's what you call a reason for confidence.
It's worth noting that both of Harvin's fumbles came on rushing attempts, which is rather concerning, but that means he had 62 receptions and 16 returns without coughing the ball up. That makes for a high hands rating and the ability to plug him in at just about any place on the field.
The fact that he has big play ability turns reliable into a pure spectacle.
We may have to dream about what could be with he and Russell Wilson, but for Madden 25 players, there will be a way to live out those fantasies. The most intriguing way is using Harvin as an option weapon.
Regardless of what you do, Harvin dropped one pass all season, committed two fumbles on 100 touches and picked up 42 first downs in nine games—you can count on him.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Experience: 8 Seasons
2012 Season Statistics
16 GP, 92 receptions, 1351 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 dropped passes
Julio Jones took the world by storm in 2012, becoming a league-wide fan favorite for the Atlanta Falcons. Tony Gonzalez, meanwhile, remained one of the most reliable players in all of professional football.
In the end, the most dependable receiver in Atlanta remained the forgotten Roddy White.
White finished with 92 receptions for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns. Not only did he average 14.7 yards per reception, but he posted a number that was even more impressive.
Of players to grab at least 70 balls, White had the best drop rate in the NFL after hauling in 92 of 96 catchable passes.
We could break down the advanced statistics, but there's something to say for a player maintaining consistency while averaging six catchable passes per game. As impressive as the other players may be, defenses react differently when a player like White is being targeted so often.
Having Jones, Gonzalez and Matt Ryan may create openings, but running perfect routes and actually catching the passes are entirely different subjects.
If and when Madden 25 fans fall in love with the offensive juggernaut that the Falcons have become, White will be the most reliable receiver. Not only are his hands reliable, but White deserves an overall rating above 90 after yet another season of dominance.
At 31, who's to say he'll start slowing down?