Madden 15: Release Date and Ratings for Top NFL Players at Every Position

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in action against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The release of Madden NFL 15 on Aug. 26 in North America (Aug. 29 internationally) has football fans and gamers ready to get their hands on the latest installment in EA Sports' classic series.

One of the biggest announcements for the game came gradually, as the video game franchise released the top player ratings for each position in increments. Now that all the names have been released, it’s time to examine the list and see where the best players landed.

Here is a full list of the top stars announced and a breakdown of the most overrated and underrated players.

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 Cornerbacks Team 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 Safeties Team 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 Safeties Team 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 Punters Team 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

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Most Overrated Player: Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

It’s hard to find an athlete in the game who can be considered overrated when the top player ratings are released, but Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson’s 95 is the perfect example of an inflated rating.

Johnson is tied for third-best wide receiver in the game with Cincinnati Bengals star A.J. Green and is rated one point less than Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears. He is also rated one point higher than Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys.

For many hardcore football fans, the 95 rating doesn’t hold up.

EA Sports' Madden Twitter account broke down why Johnson was tied for third:

There is no questioning Johnson’s size, strength and speed (6’3” and 230 pounds), but at 33 years old and with a recent history of nagging injuries, the developers at Madden flat-out overrated Johnson this season.

On the field, Johnson was a beast for Houston in 2013, racking up 109 catches for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns, but he was targeted a career-high 181 times. While he is one of the smartest and toughest players at his position, he isn’t always the most consistent, which should have hurt his rating.

Other players who could have made a case for a spot in the top five over Johnson would be stars like Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson or even Cleveland’s Josh Gordon.

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Most Underrated Player: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

As crazy as it sounds, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the most underrated player in the game at 93 overall. Even at 37 years old there are few QBs in the NFL with as much skill as Brady.

Even in what many fans would consider a down year for the veteran, he still managed 4,343 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. Add in the injuries that plagued New England on offense last season, and Brady looks to have been punished for circumstances beyond his control.

Madden "Ratings Czar" Donny Moore still believes Brady still has what it takes to be a star but still has New England's centerpiece rated one spot lower than Seattle’s Russell Wilson:

Brady still has it. His 99 AWR is tied with Peyton for best in the NFL, and his 94 Short Accuracy (third), Medium Accuracy (fourth), and 93 Throw Power are all elite. There are plenty of reasons to NOT give up on Touchdown Tom quite yet.

It’s understandable to have Denver’s Peyton Manning (98 rating), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (98) and New Orleans’ Drew Brees (96) as the top three, but Brady belongs at No. 4 and rated at least a 95 overall.

Brady achieved last year’s numbers with tight end Rob Gronkowski hurt for the majority of the season, wide receiver Danny Amendola dealing with various injury issues and pass-catching running back Shane Vereen missing half the season with a wrist injury.

Imagine the numbers he would’ve posted if all three men where healthy for the majority of the season.

With a full cast of characters returning and ready to showcase their skills, Brady will return to his elite form and prove Moore wrong by once again inserting himself into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

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