When it comes to sports video games, who doesn't like a challenge? OK, some of us would prefer to win all 16 games in the regular season and the Super Bowl in every virtual season you play on Madden, but many gamers want to struggle a bit at first.
In the end, it only makes the triumph all the more satisfying.
If that's the experience you're looking for, when it comes time to pick the player you'll guide through the single-player aspect of Connected Careers, don't pick Peyton Manning or even Robert Griffin III.
Focus on a youngster who has some talent, but some obvious flaws. Pick a guy who isn't exactly surrounded by the best talent.
Therein lies the challenge. Need some help picking a guy? Here are three suggestions.
Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney in Madden 15. pic.twitter.com/ruCZol57FK— Sports Update (@MySportsUpdate) June 10, 2014
There figures to be a boatload of gamers flocking to Johnny Football once Madden 15 hits stores.
Tweets like this one support that concept.
I haven't bought a Madden game since Madden 12, but I'm going to buy the new one because I want to play with Johnny Manziel as QB 😂— Cleveland Fan Probs (@CleSportsProbs_) August 4, 2014
Aside from Johnny Manziel's popularity, he has what many Madden gamers covet most of all in their signal-callers: speed.
According to the EA Sports' player ratings spreadsheet that was released earlier this week, Manziel's speed rating is an 82, his acceleration is a 92 and his agility is a 93.
Those are all well above average for a quarterback.
The 90 throwing-power rating is nothing to sneeze at either. Yet, because of Manziel's hit-or-miss accuracy, and the extra emphasis on that trait in Madden 15 this year, Johnny Football's overall rating is just a 77.
That's modest enough to keep him from being a world-beater early in your Connected Careers, but good enough for you to have some fun and success.
Mix in the Browns' less-than ideal situations at wide receiver and running back, and the Cleveland Browns won't exactly be an offensive juggernaut.
Pick Johnny; then again, you were probably going to do that anyway.
Defense is getting a lot of attention in Madden this year. Because of the ability to play from the defensive camera, it's going to make blasting off the edge with a player like Jadeveon Clowney all the more exciting.
Clowney is the highest-rated rookie in the game at 83 overall. You know he'll be given the superstar trait that helps to maximize his growth through a Connected Careers experience.
Because of that, he promises to be a player gamers are capable of wreaking havoc with for virtual years to come. That said, the Houston Texans' offense isn't exactly scary.
There are real question marks at quarterback—Ryan Fitzpatrick is in as the highest-rated player at the position with an 80 overall rating. Gamers might have to use Clowney to dominate in tandem with J.J. Watt to keep the scores close while hoping the offense can score some points.
That's the type of frustration I'm looking for.
Where did this one come from? Bishop Sankey, in my opinion, is the best rookie running back in the NFL. Madden isn't giving him his props yet. He is listed with just a 73 overall rating, but if he stays healthy, that could change quickly.
To begin the season, Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com says Shonn Greene will start, but Sankey's all-around skills give him a great chance to earn valuable playing time.
Whisenhunt said Shonn Greene is No. 1 RB because he is most experienced.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) August 6, 2014
That's the way Madden gamers have to look at it if they choose to roll with Sankey. You could inject yourself into the starting lineup immediately, but the more fun and realistic approach would be to wait your turn.
If you do that, Sankey could develop for a Tennessee Titans team that is starving for a star on the offensive side of the ball.
That could be you...or Sankey...depending on how you look at it.
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