Madden 25: Skill Players Who Are Better Than Their Overall Ratings

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 31, 2013

May 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Madden 25 is officially for sale, so sports video games fanatics have gotten the chance to not only witness the franchise in its quarter-century landmark form, but have also seen how their favorite players are rated in this year's edition.

A lot of thought goes into many different elements to each individual player's game, and in most cases, it's hard to disagree with the Madden brass in their player evaluations.

Inevitably, though, there are exceptions to that notion. Several studs at skill positions aren't quite as highly touted as they should be in the game. Some will likely be able to prove such a thing in 2013, while one star isn't as fortunate.

Below is a look at some of the offensive weapons who could have gotten slightly higher marks from the creators of the latest Madden entry.

Note: Player and team ratings are per Madden 25 and are listed in alphabetical order by nickname. Click here to see ratings for every player.


Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (92 overall)

It's not as if Harvin will truly be able to prove himself in his new NFL city since he's currently on the reserve PUP list. However, based on what he's done to date, he deserves a bit better than his Madden rating indicates.

From a pure receiver standpoint, perhaps 92 is appropriate, but with all that Harvin brings to the table, he is arguably the best overall skill player in all of football.

Harvin ran for 345 yards on just 52 carries and two touchdowns in 2011 and has taken at least one kickoff to the house each year since entering the league.

There is an argument to be made that Harvin has never had a 1,000-yard season in four years as a pro, but there should be a grace period for his rookie season, where he still caught 60 passes for 791 yards and six touchdowns.

Since then, incompetent quarterback play has followed. Between an over-the-hill Brett Favre, Christian Ponder and a dash of Joe Webb, Harvin couldn't exactly capitalize on his full potential for the Minnesota Vikings.

Whenever he hits the field with Russell Wilson tossing him the rock, he should easily eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau—and see his overall Madden rating elevate.


Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans (78 overall)

This is truly a head-scratcher, because Washington is an explosive target who averaged 16.2 yards per catch last season and is capable of making acrobatic catches.

Washington garners only a 74 rating for catching in traffic, and a 76 in route-running ability. However, he played respectably well in 2012 even though the Titans had a depleted offensive line and spotty quarterback play.

Among his 46 receptions this past season, 14 went for 20 yards or more.

Just about all the names ahead of Washington on that list are impressive, but what's most noticeable is that he has far fewer catches than many of them and many less targets.

Here's a similar comparison in terms of numbers: Torrey Smith had 49 catches, with 17 of them being for 20-plus yards. Smith was targeted 110 times, while Washington was only fired toward on 89 occasions.

Yet Smith, likely due to superior speed, has a far better overall rating at 85. Something seems at least a little off about that.


Brandon Myers, TE, New York Giants (81 overall)

ESPN expert KC Joyner (subscription required) lists Myers as the most undervalued tight end in all of football—and it makes sense.

Myers played on the Oakland Raiders last season in an offense that didn't have a running game (28th in the NFL) and as a result frequently played from behind. Oakland's receiving corps also wasn't one to write home about.

In spite of these factors—and playing through a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder all year—he still put up huge numbers: 79 catches, 806 yards and four touchdowns.

With a better quarterback in Eli Manning, a solid running game keyed by David Wilson and a receiver duo in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks to attract attention, Myers has the makings to thrive in New York.

Blocking ratings in the 50s hurt Myers significantly in Madden, but he is going to be a force as a pass-catcher in the game with 90 overall catching and 95 catching in traffic.




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