Madden 15: Latest News, NFL Player Ratings and Release Date Info

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman motions to a teammate at an NFL organized team activity football practice Monday, June 2, 2014, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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The release date of Madden NFL 15 is scheduled for Aug. 26 in North America (Aug. 29 internationally), and it has football fans and video game enthusiasts counting down the days.

Customers will be greeted with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on the cover.

With the 2015 edition of the game being released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, fans of the video game series from around the world will be able to enjoy the latest release.

Here is the latest news, a full breakdown of Madden NFL 15 and a full list of ratings for the top players at every position.


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
Top Middle Linebackers Team Rating
Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers 96
NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers 96
Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers 94
Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs 91
Jerod Mayo New England Patriots 91
Top Outside Linebackers Team Rating
Von Miller Denver Broncos 96
Aldon Smith San Francisco 49ers 96
Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs 93
Lavonte David Tampa Bay Buccaneers 93
Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts 93
Top CornerbacksTeam Rating
Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks 99
Darrelle Revis New England Patriots 97
Joe Haden Cleveland Browns 95
Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals 93
Vontae Davis Indianapolis Colts 92
Top Free SafetiesTeam Rating
Jairus Byrd New Orleans Saints 96
Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks 95
Devin McCourty New England Patriots 94
Eric Weddle San Diego Chargers 94
Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders 86
Top Strong SafetiesTeam Rating
Kam Chancellor Seattle Seahawks 93
Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers 93
T.J. Ward Denver Broncos 91
Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs 90
Reshad Jones Miami Dolphins 89
Top Kickers and PuntersTeam Rating
Brandon Fields Miami Dolphins 96
Matt Prater Denver Broncos 95
Andy Lee San Francisco 49ers 95
Robbie Gould Chicago Bears 93
Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens 93

*All stats via


Breaking Down Madden NFL 15

The biggest news of the last week from EA Sports was the official rating of cover boy Sherman.

According to Adam Rank of, Sherman is one of three players ranked 99 in this year’s game (Calvin Johnson and J.J. Watt are the other two) and is listed as No. 1 overall. Gamers and NFL fans have come to expect nothing less from the athlete on the cover of the game.

While the staggered release of the player ratings has created a legitimate buzz around this year's Madden release, the actual gameplay has many gamers intrigued about the upgrades EA Sports made over the winter.

One of the biggest upgrades will be the Defense Tackle Mechanics.

Gamers love playing defense. Since the invention of the Hit Stick, the art of laying the biggest hits is a Madden specialty that hardcore gamers take great pride in. The fans of defense in the series will be excited about the upgrades to the fundamental playing system.

EA Sports has broken tackles down into two types: aggressive or conservative. Just as in the NFL, a conservative tackle is the safer bet, but it is nowhere near as explosive. While aggressive hits have a lower success rate, they can also create tackles for a loss.

Another upgrade on defense is the War in the Trenches Mechanics. With the ability to utilize power or finesse pass-rush moves, gamers will get a more realistic feel from the defensive-line players. Add in the upgrades for speed off the line and the ability to disengage offensive linemen, and playing defensive line won’t just be for inexperienced players anymore.

Some of the best upgrades this year are part of the presentation.

Fans have always wanted to play games that feel like they are watching the action on television, and Madden NFL 15 does a great job replicating that feeling. From more team celebrations to timeout cutaways, NFL Films Senior Cinematographer Brian Murray was hired by EA Sports to be the presentation director for this year’s game, and he's made wholesale upgrades.

Fans of football and video games should expect more intimate visual presentations and montages, and the improvements of the jumbotrons and the commentary team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will have even the most jaded gamers satisfied.

This year’s Madden NFL 15 is much more than a roster update.


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