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Madden NFL 15 Player Ratings: Examining Complete List of Released Rankings

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

The release of Madden NFL 15 on Tuesday, Aug. 26, is the latest chapter in the long history of anticipated Madden debuts, but EA Sports' reveal of top player rankings has only increased the chatter surrounding the game.

The key in the Madden video game series is finding a player with the right combination of physical tools and football IQ, and those players are always rewarded with high ratings at their positions.

Here are the top player ratings for each revealed position and the most underrated player revealed thus far.

 

Top Ratings By Position for Madden NFL 15
Top Quarterbacks Team Rating
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 98
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 98
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 96
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks 93
Tom Brady New England Patriots 93
Top Fullbacks Team Rating
John Kuhn Green Bay Packers 93
Mike Tolbert Carolina Panthers 92
Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders 92
Anthony Sherman Kansas City Chiefs 90
Jerome Felton Minnesota Vikings 88
Top Running Backs Team Rating
Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 98
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles 97
Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 97
Matt Forte Chicago Bears 95
Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks 95
Top Tight Ends Team Rating
Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints 97
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 96
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers 94
Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys 93
Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers 88
Top Wide Receivers Team Rating
Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions 99
Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears 96
Andre Johnson Houston Texans 95
A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals 95
Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys 94
Top Offensive Linemen Team Rating
Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns 98
Evan Mathis Philadelphia Eagles 97
Josh Sitton Green Bay Packers 97
Trent Williams Washington 95
Joe Staley San Francisco 49ers 94
Top Defensive Ends Team Rating
J.J. Watt Houston Texans 99
Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams 97
Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins 96
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals 96
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints 93
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets 93
Top Defensive Tackles Team Rating
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions 97
Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals 96
Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers 95
Kyle Williams Buffalo Bills 95
Jurrell Casey Tennessee Titans 93
Source: EASports.com

*All stats via EASports.com.

 

Most Underrated Player: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

Overall Rating: 93

It is hard to pick an underrated player out of the current crop of names due to all of the immense talent across the board, but one rating could be considered low for his level of production during 2013 and over the last several years.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten should be rated higher than 93 overall.

The 12-year NFL veteran has been arguably the most consistent player at his position in the league, and he has racked up at least 64 receptions in each of the last 10 seasons, including four seasons of over 90 catches.

Jason Witten's 2013 Offenisve Statistics
GamesReceptionsTargetsYardsAverageTouchdownsFirst DownsFumbles
167311185111.78440
Source: NFl.com

The catching ability and toughness every year is what helped Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson become one of the game's only 99 ratings this year, but Witten finds himself six points lower in the ratings.

When commenting on Witten, Madden Ratings Czar Donny Moore waxed poetic about the longtime staple of the Cowboys offense, saying, “Jason Witten has been Mr. Reliable for the Cowboys offense over the last decade. His 96 Awareness, 87 Route Running, and 94 Catch ratings are all best among tight ends in Madden NFL 15.”

So then why is Witten fourth amongst tight ends in overall rating?

The numbers Madden developers have given Witten are tough to beat offensively, and the official Twitter account of the game franchise broke down exactly what went into his rating:

There is a serious case that can be made for both Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints (97 overall) and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots (96 overall) as being better than Witten, but he should be third on the list and closer to a 96 or 95 rating.

The biggest stunner was Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers coming in ahead of Witten with an overall rating of 94. Davis may have scored more touchdowns, but Witten is the more reliable target and the more effective offensive threat.

With Dallas quarterback Tony Romo refocused and ready to have a playoff-worthy season, gamers and NFL fans alike should be ready for a big season from Witten.

 

*Stats via NFL.com.

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