Madden 25: Highlighting Russell Wilson and the Best Weapons in the Game

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2013

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EA Sports' Madden 25 is set to release on Aug. 27 to football fans everywhere. During the wait, fans can now peruse the full player ratings that have been released to see how their favorite teams were graded and stack up. 

One of the best aspects of any edition of Madden is finding the best teams and weapons to use. Unearthing the best weapons in the game for online play against others, or even to build a dynasty around, is a tradition of the franchise. 

The folks at EA Sports do a stellar job of rating the players based on their real-life counterparts. As such, the best players in the NFL usually translate to being the best weapons in the game. 

Here are some of the best weapons in Madden 25 so far.  

Note: All rating info courtesy of The Sporting News


Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions 

Overall: 99

Speed: 95 

It should come as no surprise that Megatron is sitting atop the wide receiver ratings with a shiny 99 after compiling 1,964 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. 

Johnson is the ultimate wide receiver weapon in the game because of his high catch rating, but also because he is 6'5" and can beat most defenders for a jump ball. 

As if that were not enough, it is common knowledge that speed kills in Madden. The latest iteration should be no different as fans find creative ways to use speed, making Megatron's 95 rating in that category is almost unfair. 

As is his play on the real field. 


Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Overall: 90

Speed: 91 

Everyone knows Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the big bully on the block, but there's an up-and-comer ready to take his throne sooner rather than later—on the real and virtual field. 

Peterson is sitting pretty with that 99 rating, but second-year back Doug Martin is not far behind in Tampa Bay. 

Martin exploded for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was versatile enough to contribute in the passing game as well with 49 receptions for 472 yards and one score. 

A weapon like the "Muscle Hamster" is hard to find, especially at the age of 24. If a player is starting a dynasty, building around Martin would be the way to go. He has also single-handedly made the Buccaneers relevant in online play again.  


Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks 

Overall: 89

Speed: 86

Quarterbacks taller than Russell Wilson may be easier to find, but his particular set of skills are another thing entirely. 

Wilson threw for 3,118 yards last year and 26 touchdowns while adding another 489 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. 

As a result, Wilson comes in with a high overall rating and some nice speed to boot. Speed at the quarterback position is the ultimate equalizer in Madden, so having Wilson under center will help in any encounter. 

While a case could be made for Robert Griffin III here, Wilson has a slightly higher injury rating at 87 than RGIII's at 84—meaning he is more durable in the game, an accurate reflection of real life to this point. The last thing a player needs is RGIII taking a big hit and going down in a close game or losing him in a dynasty. 

Wilson is the new game-breaker at quarterback in Madden. 


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