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Madden 15: Preseason Stars Who Deserve Higher Player Ratings

New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms (84) in the second half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 20, 2014

Based on last year's performance, players like the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown might have a legitimate beef about their Madden 15 rating. 

Brown is rated 92 overall, but despite the fact that he was second in the NFL in receptions and receiving yards, Brown isn't one of the top-five rated receivers in the game. 

While Brown made his case for a higher rating last season, there are a few guys who are playing so well in the preseason, they might be in line for an attribute boost soon.

 

Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants, 82 Overall Rating

Aug 9, 2014; East Rutherford, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via U
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Usually, running backs are on their way down at the age of 28, but Rashad Jennings is seemingly looking to buck that trend. At 29, he is in a battle for the featured-back role in the New York Giants offense with rookie Andre Williams.

So far, Jennings has made the most of every touch. 

In two preseason games, Jennings is averaging nine yards per carry and he has one touchdown run. It was a 73-yard scamper that showed he still possessed the speed necessary to make big plays.

On the strength of Jennings' strong start, he is expected to get the ball a lot early in the season, per ESPN's Dan Graziano.

Jennings' speed rating is just an 86 in the game right now. If he continues to shine in the regular season, that's the attribute that will probably be increased.

 

Jordan Stanton, DE, New York Giants, Not in the Game

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Defensive end Jordan Stanton #66 of the New York Giants blocks a pass by quarterback Thad Lewis #9 of the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Canton, Ohio
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When a player isn't even on a roster, technically he's rated a zero. If that's the case, there's nowhere to go but up for Stanton.

Through two games, the undrafted rookie out of James Madison has two sacks. He's proving himself to be a presence off the edge, but he still has a lot to prove if he hopes to stick with the roster.

Even if he doesn't stay with the Giants, it seems as if a team looking for a young pass-rusher might give him a look. If that happens, he'll be in the game sometime early in the season.

 

Brian Tyms, WR, New England Patriots, Not in the Game

Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms (84) reacts after a touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Ph
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Tyms is another player who isn't currently in Madden 15 but could be shortly. The New England Patriots don't have the most stable situation at wide receiver. 

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are the starters, while Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins are the backups. That foursome doesn't scream stability.

Tyms caught five passes for 119 yards and a score in his only preseason action, and he could become another of the Pats' hidden gems. 

At 6'3", 215 pounds, Tyms has great size and good athleticism. He patterns himself after former New England wideout Randy Moss. Per Doug Kyed of NESN.com, Tyms said:

“That’s the dude, man. That’s who I look up to, as far as this game goes. I’m trying to take advantage of the same stuff he did in his career. And hopefully, you know, I could possibly do that. I’m not saying I’m nowhere near him, because he is the GOAT. I’m trying, I’m trying my best.”

 

Madden Ratings per EA Sports.

 

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