Hey guys, so I was surfing ESPN and came across the Madden 12 ratings. Obviously, these are not perfect, but they're always fun to look at. According to these ratings, Buffalo is the 28th ranked team. Given this past draft we had the 3rd pick, it seems about right. It probably doesn't help that there are only two players on our roster with an 89 rating or higher (players revealed later!). Our AFC East rivals all came in higher than us. While Buffalo had a team rating of 73, the Dolphins received a 78. Meanwhile, the Jets got an 87, good for tied for 4th in the entire league. Darrelle Revis helps that rating, with a perfect 99 rating. But the Patriots were even higher ranked, with an 88 that was good for third in the league. Like Revis, Tom Brady received a 99 rating. Surprise, surprise.
Bills players' ratings after the jump!As noted earlier, there were only two players on the Bills' roster with a rating of 89 or higher. Unfortunately (or not), our punter, Brian Moorman, is one of them. Want to guess who the top ranked player is with a 93 is? It's Kyle Williams. I bet the Buffalo front office is trying to negotiate with Williams on a new contract because of this rating. On a more negative note, OG Colin Brown comes in with the lowest Bills rating, 52. What's also disappointing to note is that some of our more highly rated players are no longer on the team. Paul Posluszny, Lee Evans, and Donte Whitner are all gone. Evans was our second ranked TE/WR, Whitner was our top ranked player in the secondary, and Poz was our top linebacker. It may not matter that much in Poz's case, as replacement Nick Barnett actually rates higher than him (88 to 87).
Here are our top ranked players, by position (rating)
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick (81, 16 above Brian Brohm)
RB - Fred Jackson (80, 5 above CJ Spiller)
WR - Steve Johnson (86, 5 above departed Evans, 15 above Roscoe Parrish)
TE - Shawn Nelson (73, 4 above David Martin)
OT - Demetrius Bell (73, 3 above Erik Pears)
OG - Andy Levitre and Eric Wood (both 82, 8 above Chad Rinehart) Oh yeah, Wood is considered an OG.
C - Geoff Hangartner (77, 19 above some Sanborn guy)
LB - Barnett (88, 8 above Shawne Merriman)
DL - Williams (93, 10 above Dwan Edwards)
CB - Terrence McGee (83, 3 above Leodis McKelvin)
S - Jarius Byrd (84, 5 above Bryan Scott) Whitner would have been tops with an 85
K - Rian Lindell (83)
P - Moorman (89)
So those guys our are best Madden players. Interesting, right? Drayton Florence is supposedly our 3rd corner some 7 lower than McGee. It's also interesting to note that 1st round pick Marcell Dareus was third among DL with an 82. It would be interesting to what would happen if management made moves based off of these ratings. So have at it Buffalo Rumblings!