Madden 15: Top Player Ratings by Position and Release Date

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Madden 15: Top Player Ratings by Position and Release Date
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We're just days away from the release of Madden NFL 15 in North America on August 25, and EA Sports has released all of the player ratings to whet the palettes of Madden enthusiasts who can't wait for the release.

Most rookies have some work to do to improve their rating before next year's edition, and many of the household names lead their positions with near-perfect ratings. With that said, more than a few emerging stars have been recognized for dominating the gridiron in recent seasons.

Here's a look at all of the top players in each position, per the Madden 15 player ratings. 

Madden 15 Top Player Ratings
Top Quarterbacks Team Rating
Peyton Manning, DEN Denver Broncos 98
Aaron Rodgers, GB Green Bay Packers 98
Drew Brees, NO New Orleans Saints 96
Russell Wilson, SEA Seattle Seahawks 93
Top Fullbacks Team Rating
John Kuhn, GB Green Bay Packers 93
Mike Tolbert, CAR Carolina Panthers 92
Marcel Reece, OAK Oakland Raiders 92
Anthony Sherman, KC Kansas City Chiefs 90
Top Running Backs Team Rating
Adrian Peterson, MIN Minnesota Vikings 98
LeSean McCoy, PHI Philadelphia Eagles 97
Jamaal Charles, KC Kansas City Chiefs 97
Matt Forte, CHI Chicago Bears 95
Top Tight Ends Team Rating
Jimmy Graham, NO New Orleans Saints 97
Rob Gronkowski, NE New England Patriots 96
Vernon Davis, SF San Francisco 49ers 94
Jason Witten, DAL Dallas Cowboys 93
Top Wide Receivers Team Rating
Calvin Johnson, DET Detroit Lions 99
Brandon Marshall, CHI Chicago Bears 96
Andre Johnson, HOU Houston Texans 95
A.J. Green, CIN Cincinnati Bengals 95
Top Offensive Linemen Team Rating
Joe Thomas, CLE Cleveland Browns 98
Evan Mathis, PHI Philadelphia Eagles 97
Josh Sitton, GB Green Bay Packers 97
Trent Williams, WAS San Francisco 49ers 95
Top Defensive Ends Team Rating
J.J. Watt, HOU Houston Texans 99
Robert Quinn, STL St. Louis Rams 97
Cameron Wake, MIA Miami Dolphins 96
Calais Campbell, ARI Arizona Cardinals 96
Top Defensive Tackles Team Rating
Ndamukong Suh, DET Detroit Lions 97
Geno Atkins, CIN Cincinnati Bengals 96
Gerald McCoy, TB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 95
Kyle Williams, BUF Buffalo Bills 95
Top Middle Linebackers Team Rating
Patrick Willis, SF San Francisco 49ers 96
NaVorro Bowman, SF San Francisco 49ers 96
Luke Kuechly, CAR Carolina Panthers 94
Derrick Johnson, KC Kansas City Chiefs 91
Top Outside Linebackers Team Rating
Von Miller, DEN Denver Broncos 96
Aldon Smith, SF San Francisco 49ers 96
Justin Houston, KC Kansas City Chiefs 93
Lavonte David, TB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 93
Top Cornerbacks Team Rating
Richard Sherman, SEA Seattle Seahawks 99
Darrelle Revis, NE New England Patriots 97
Joe Haden, CLE Cleveland Browns 95
Patrick Peterson, ARI Arizona Cardinals 93
Top Free Safeties Team Rating
Jairus Byrd, NO New Orleans Saints 96
Earl Thomas, SEA Seattle Seahawks 95
Devin McCourty, NE New England Patriots 94
Eric Weddle, SD San Diego Chargers 94
Top Strong Safeties Team Rating
Kam Chancellor, SEA Seattle Seahawks 93
Troy Polamalu, PIT Pittsburgh Steelers 93
T.J. Ward, DEN Denver Broncos 91
Eric Berry, KC Kansas City Chiefs 90
Top Kickers and Punters Team Rating
Brandon Fields, MIA Miami Dolphins 96
Matt Prater, DEN Denver Broncos 95
Andy Lee, SF San Francisco 49ers 95
Robbie Gould, CHI Chicago Bears 93

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Note: All Madden 15 player ratings courtesy of EASports.com

 

Top Player Ratings

NaVorro Bowman, MLB, 49ers: 96

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Before his unfortunate injury in last year's NFC title game, NaVorro Bowman was taking the league by storm. 

The 26-year-old entered the 2013 postseason coming off three first-team All-Pro seasons, the last two of which earned him Pro Bowl appearances. After recording 10 tackles and a forced fumble against Green Bay in the playoffs, he followed up with 11 tackles and a sack against Carolina the week after. 

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Of course, Bowman went on to tear his ACL and MCL against the Seahawks—an injury that is expected to keep him out half of the upcoming season, per Washington Post's Mark Maske. But before it happened, he was making a strong case as the NFL's best middle linebacker.

A healthy Bowman in Madden should prove to be unstoppable. With their full-strength attack, the 49ers will boast Aldon Smith, Bowman and Willis to overload offensive lines and wreak havoc on quarterbacks. 

It's only fitting that he's rated neck-and-neck with Willis, who he's outplayed much of the last few seasons, as the top middle linebacker. 

 

Kam Chancellor, SS, Seahawks: 93

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Is anyone surprised that the "Legion of Boom" boasts the top cornerback, second-best free safety and top strong safety in Madden this year?

Chancellor takes the honors of being the game's highest-rated strong safety, tied with Troy Polamalu at 93 overall. As arguably the league's hardest-hitting safety, the 26-year-old earned a 97 hit power rating.

Richard Sherman is the man in the Seahawks' secondary with a 99 overall rating as the team's lockdown corner, but Chancellor is actually better suited for picks and hits in Madden. Deep balls are of the norm, and safeties are given many more chances to make plays on the ball than the cornerbacks

No news yet on his quarterback rating, but don't be surprised if EA Sports gives Chancellor's throwing accuracy a boost after this from NFL on ESPN:

Add Chancellor's potential for picks and the ability to jar footballs loose with big hits, and he becomes one of the more entertaining defensive players to control in Madden. 

 

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: 98

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The former Madden poster boy has still got it. Even after all this time, there's no more entertaining player to hit the sticks with than All Day.

Adrian Peterson has long made the otherwise hapless Vikings a popular Madden team with his near-perfect running stats. He tops the running back charts once again with a 98 overall rating, but also has 97 speed, 97 agility and has the highest strength among running backs. 

Here are his top stats, per EA Sports Madden NFL:

You can take it anywhere from off-tackle to out wide to up the gut with AP, and it will probably yield positive results. His speed can burn nearly any defender on the outside, but the ability to break tackles and stay on his feet allows him to be effective up the middle. 

Plus, with Teddy Bridgewater now in town and Cordarrelle Patterson having broken out, the Vikings now have some weapons in the passing game to supplement AP's rushing—at least in the game. 

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