Now that "Madden AMERICAN FOOTBAL 17" is officially unveiled, let's run through everything you must know about this year's version on the video game, including the top rookies, the fastest players, the best teams and much more.
Best awareness rating
T-1. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (99)
T-1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers (99)
T-3. Drew Brees, QB, Saints (98)
T-3. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals (98)
T-3. Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers (98)
Biggest takeaway: Just two defenders (Kuechly and also Derrick Johnson) had a knowledge rating of 95 or maybe more, compared to 12 questionable players. Kuechly fits right inside among this crew: He makes a routine of jumping routes and shooting gaps depending on pre-snap reads.?
Biggest surprise: Aaron Rodgers'? 91 awareness rating sounds high, but Brady, Brees, Carson Palmer (94) and also Philip Rivers (94) ranked in advance of him among quarterbacks. Watch this video and tell me Rodgers doesn't deserve to be in that group.?
Best speed rating
T-1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints (96)
T-1. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Colts (96)
T-1. Jakeem Grant, WR, Dolphins (96)
T-1. Corey Grant, RB, Jaguars (96)
T-1. J. J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals (96)
Biggest takeaway: Pure speed doesn't constantly translate to on-field accomplishment. The average overall Madden rating on the five players above is usually 69. 4, with Cooks (82) being essentially the most established. The Saints WR received 1, 138 yards and 9 TDs final season.
Biggest surprise: Panthers WR? Ted Ginn Jr.? ran past just about every secondary he performed against last season, but mustered only some sort of 92 speed rating with "Madden NFL 17. " That sound an individual hear is Ginn difficult the 31 receivers ranked faster than him to a foot race.
Best agility rating
T-1. Tavon Austin, WR, Rams (98)
T-1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers (98)
T-1. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills (98)
Biggest takeaway:? McCoy was banged upward last season, but when healthy, Shady is still since shifty as ever. Just check out precisely how easily he shakes Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick with this play.
Biggest surprise: Jerick McKinnon and Denard Johnson? (96) both had a much better agility rating than Steelers RB? Le'Veon Bell (97). Let's poll defenders to see who they think is more terrifying on view field.
Best strength rating
T-1. Stephen Paea, DE, Redskins (98)
T-1. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Dolphins (98)
T-3. Russell Bodine, C, Bengals (97)
T-3. Mike Iupati, G, Cardinals (97)
T-3. Dontari Poe, DT, Chiefs (97)
T-3. Jared Veldheer, T, Cardinals (97)
T-3. J. J. Watt, DE, Texans (97)
Biggest takeaway:? Suh makes $3 million more annually? and? has a better energy rating? than Watt?? How does J. J. sleep at night? (Answer: With his three Defensive Player on the Year awards snuggled close. ) In all importance, how much would you pay to observe these two have some sort of bench-pressing contest? Count me in pertaining to $20.
Biggest surprise: Aaron Donald? --? who? put up 35 reps around the bench press at the particular 2014 NFL combine in addition to beasts through double-teams along with regularity -- could muster a 94 strength rating. That's tied for 18th overall. Something ain't right.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (93)
T-2. Carolina Panthers (91)
T-2. Arizona Cardinals (91)
Biggest takeaway: Most NFL pundits would agree that the Steelers have the widest range of offensive weapons -- whenever at full strength. The problem? The lethal combination connected with QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown, RB Le'Veon Bell in addition to WR Martavis Bryant features played just 13 percent in the Steelers' offensive snaps together the past two seasons. That number will end up being at 0 percent within 2016 with Bryant slated to miss the whole season because of a different suspension.
Biggest surprise:? The Oakland Raiders -- a similar team that ranked 23rd throughout points per games through Weeks 10-17 (17. 3) -- usually are tied for fourth throughout Madden's offense ratings.?
1. Kansas City Chiefs (93)
T-2. Denver Broncos (91)
T-2. New England Patriots (91)
Biggest takeaway: The Chiefs' defense finished No. 2 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric? last season -- which was with OLB Justin Houston (ninety seven overall rating) missing all or the vast majority of final six games. So Kansas City exhibited enough to be among the top-three defenses, but...
Biggest surprise:? How didn't the Broncos finish with all the best rating?!? When you hold Jeff Brady and Cam Newton into a collective Total QBR associated with 18. 9 in the two biggest games on the season, you should probably really do the No. 1 defense the following season. Just sayin'.?
Best overall teams
T-1. Carolina Panthers (87)
T-1. New England Patriots (87)
T-3. Green Bay Packers (eighty five)
T-3. Kansas City Chiefs (eighty-five)
T-3. Pittsburgh Steelers (85)
T-3. Seattle Seahawks (eighty five)
Biggest takeaway:? Regression, what regression? Madden has high hopes for your Panthers after they went 15-1 in the 2015 regular season. If Carolina ends up having the NFC's No. 1 seed again, you have to imagine QB Cam Newton's all round rating (94) will be happening more often in "Madden NFL 17. "
Biggest surprise: The Dallas Cowboys -- who're banking on brittle QB A2z tony Romo staying healthy pertaining to 16 games -- hold the same rating as the Arizona Cardinals (84). Yes, the same Cardinals who went 13-3 last season and managed to get to the NFC Champion Game.