Madden 15: Player Ratings, Release Date and Skills Trainer Breakdown

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2014

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, left, fights past linebacker Christian Kirksey during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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The release of Madden NFL 15 on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in North America (Aug. 29 internationally) has hard-core gamers and football fans coming together once again for the most anticipated sports game of the year.

With major upgrades and changes to the next-generation game, even the most jaded gamers will be able to appreciate the effort EA Sports has put into improving the Madden franchise this year.

Here are the top player ratings for Madden NFL 15 and a breakdown of the Skills Trainer mode.


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 ratings via


Breaking Down Skills Trainer Mode

There have been major upgrades across the board for Madden NFL 15, but one of the most interesting improvements was to the Skills Trainer portion of the game.

While many fans scoff at the idea of practice in Madden, the true gamers know the only way to beat the best competition is to practice strategy and concepts. In this year’s edition of the game, the training has been taken to the next level.

The innovation starts with the new Football Concepts section of the Skills Trainer. With the increased focus on playing defense, Madden developers felt it was imperative to offer the fans a chance to learn how to diagnose and beat different coverage.

If you love football, this year’s Skills Trainer will help you understand the X's and O's of the game better than ever before. In a step-by-step process, gamers are led through the offensive progressions with detailed explanations about what defenders are thinking and what coverage they have been assigned.

To beat the advanced defensive schemes in Madden, gamers must understand them first. With the help of the coaching staff guiding you through the Skills Trainer, it should be easier to learn the lessons before taking the field than to learn them at the hands of a foe in online competition.

Once gamers have deciphered how to read the defenses, it’s time to focus on the offensive plays.

In order to help Madden fans with the concepts associated with offense, the EA Sports team has found the most common sets and plays, and will break them down step by step. With the understanding of drops, timing and progression, quarterbacking a pass attack has never been so much fun.

The game also adds the idea of executing the drills in a one-on-one setting before moving it to a full 11-on-11 practice. This allows the coaches to strip the play down and work on the timing, making the eventual transition to a game setting much easier to comprehend.

With an increased emphasis on practicing and getting better, Madden has given fans the opportunity to get inside the game of football like never before.


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