- 5 MADDEN 17 PLAYER RATINGS THAT MAKE NO SENSE
The people over at EA Sports dropped the ratings for each and every player in Madden 17. You'll be able to verify out the complete database of players here. For by far the most portion, the folks in charge of rating players do a fine job. But there are some ratings in this year's game which have us scratching our heads. Here are 5 of them:
1. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (82 overall) more than Giants QB Eli Manning (81 overall)
There's just no explanation for this. Outside of scrambling, is there anything - Something - Bortles does far better than Manning? Eli is has the greater Football IQ, just as great of an arm and greater accuracy, on both brief and deep throws. The Giants signal-caller is a borderline top-10 quarterback within the league. Bortles is just barely cracking the top-20. Once again, there's no explanation for this a single.
2. Redskins CB Josh Norman (94) more than Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (92) and Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson(91)
Peterson was the ideal corner inside the league last year. Sherman is really a wealthy man's version of Norman. However, somehow, Norman ranks ahead of each of them because the best cornerback inside the game. Norman somehow received a 92 man coverage rating regardless of becoming an typical man defender for the duration of his breakout 2015 season. Peterson, who also received a 92 for man coverage, locked down every single receiver he faced in man coverage final season. Sherman did not play substantially man coverage in Seattle's zone heavy scheme, but he held up just fine when asked to play that part.
3. Eagles DE Brandon Graham (92) over Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (91)
Bennett is still among the list of most underrated defensive ends in the league. He's an elite pass rusher (even though his sack numbers don't suggest he is) and he blows up opposing operating games. Graham isn't a household name, but he's a fantastic player. He racked up 6.5 sacks, five QB hits and 17 hurries in limited snaps in 2015, per Football Outsiders. That's impressive production but pales in comparison to Bennett's ten sacks, 20 QB hits and 27 hurries.
4. Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (84) more than Cardinals RB David Johnson (83)
Johnson may be the larger, stronger and quicker player. He's more productive as a receiver out from the backfield. And he's a hazardous kick returner. Johnson identified the finish zone 13 occasions in 2015. Anderson has scored 15 instances throughout his whole three-year profession. The Cardinals back might be a top-five runner by the finish with the 2016 season, although Anderson may not even finish the season as a starter.
5. Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (87) over Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (85)
Perhaps I'm just a little greater on Butler than most, but at the least he plays. Scandrick has missed 23 of a possible 64 games (that's 36% or nearly six missed games per season) over the last four years. He's a fine corner but he's at his most effective in the slot against smaller receivers, whereas Butler has established he could be a top-level boundary corner, capable of shadowing No. 1 receivers.