With another NFL season on the horizon, it's also time for another Madden franchise video game.
This year's Madden 15 should once again be entertaining for those that like to play the virtual football game.
With the release date coming soon on Aug. 26, EA Sports has released each team's ranking per player. The Ravens have 69 players on the game's current roster, and here's their overall ranking:
There are some hits and some clear misses. There are also a few players EA Sports may have gotten wrong, though those are forgivable since it's understandable that those putting the video game may not know every single detail per team.
To start with, the Ravens nailed Justin Tucker's ranking. As one of the best kickers in the NFL, his 93 score justifies this. In addition, he has a 98 kick power and 93 kick accuracy. Hard to argue with that.
It's good to see Marshal Yanda get some much deserved love with a 92 score, even after the down year the entire offensive line had. He's arguably the best right guard in the NFL and his ranking is appropriate as such.
The receivers all got fair grades. Steve Smith and Torrey Smith appear in the right spot at 87 and 86, respectively. Jacoby Jones got a 79 and Marlon Brown a 74. Those seem fair. Torrey Smith got a 95 speed rating and Jones was handed a 93. Those two figure to be fun to play with in the deep passing game.
Chykie Brown got a 66, and based on everything that's happened so far in camp, this appears accurate.
The first one, for me, that sticks out is DeAngelo Tyson getting a 67 ranking. But that's been the story of his career thus far — overlooked and unappreciated. Tyson's not flashy but he can make some plays. He did have two sacks a year ago as a member of the defensive line's rotation. I feel he made enough plays on the field a season ago to have warranted a ranking in the low-to-mid 70s.
Right behind Tyson would be a tie between Jimmy Smith and Ray Rice. Both were given 82 rankings. Smith finished the year quite strong in 2013 and probably deserved one in the 85-87 range. Rice may have had the worst season of his career but by no means should he have dropped down to an 82. That seems a bit far-fetched based on what he can still do as a football player. He ranked 94 a year ago.
Darian Stewart was given a favorable 78 ranking that could wind up being accurate. However, he's listed as a strong safety. In terms of playing the game, the hope would be that Stewart can be manually moved to play free safety and retain his 78 ranking, or at least something close to it. Otherwise, the starting free safety is Omar Brown, who was given what I'd say is actually a favorable 73, considering the EA Sports folks don't have much tape outside of his preseason film to go off of.
Based on how Kelechi Osemele has performed in training camp, he should be much better than the 81 ranking he was given. However, he missed most of the 2013 season with a back injury, so the EA Sports folks wouldn't have a way to anticipate his strong preseason thus far.
The same, for a different reason, applies for Brandon Williams. Listed as a left defensive end, Williams has a poor ranking at 67. However, he's slated to be the team's starting nose tackle. But based on how last season went, and the fact Williams didn't get that much playing time, it's highly probable there just wasn't enough known about him to give him a better score.
Morgan Cox is listed as a tight end with a 48 overall. It's funny, but the way the game is set up, there isn't a true long snapper position. You just put someone at a position at long snapper. So Cox had to be put somewhere. I would assume he's the top long snapper when you go set the depth chart, though there doesn't appear to be a criteria for snapping when you break the rankings down. Either way, it's a video game and the long snapper never screws up.