The days of players emerging during training camp to make Madden's roster out of date before the game has even reached the shelves are long gone.
Nowadays anyone with an Internet connection can have the most up-to-date and realistic roster available within a matter of minutes.
The guys over at EA have already notified fans that they will be able to download a roster update as soon as they get their hands on the game.
It may just be the preseason, but Matthew Stafford's accuracy has been outstanding in real life so far.
His ratings of 83 in short, 78 in medium and 80 in deep passes were incredibly harsh from the outset. His performances in the preseason should have made a few scouts stand up and take notice that he is much better than his 80 overall average.
He was even before the preseason.
Antonio Brown has been one of the most impressive preseason performers across the NFL landscape, but on Madden he is still going to be rated as a 69 overall.
That rating doesn't reflect the impact that Brown has made so far in his career after also making some big plays for the Steelers last season. His 61 route running, in particular, will need to be improved upon while his catching of 74 seems harsh considering he leads the Steelers in receptions right now and hasn't dropped any passes in the preseason.
Because of the fanfare surrounding Tebow all year, Madden will likely drop his 77 overall to somewhere closer to Quinn's rating of 72. For a second-year quarterback, a 77 is a more than respectable rating. With the development than can occur in Madden, Tebow is only two seasons away from being a high 80s or low 90s quarterback.
In real life, it looks like he will never be that good of a player, and he certainly isn't ready to be a starter right now based on this preseason.
For franchise fans, replacing an injured Peyton Manning with a 61 overall Curtis Painter just seems cruel.
Before retiring, Kerry Collins was rated a 77 on this year's Madden and was considered the best quarterback on the Titans' roster. His arrival in Indy will be vital, as he becomes the most important stop-gap player in the league this whole year.
Seeing that Carson Palmer appears to be totally committed to his retirement plans, there is no longer any reason for him to be represented on Madden 12.
Palmer's 83 made him a respectable starter in Cincinnati, but now Bengals fans will be stuck with the 71 rating of Andy Dalton to lead their offenses.