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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
'Madden 11' ratings revealed for AFC East


EA Sports has given ESPN.com exclusive rights to reveal complete "Madden NFL 11" player ratings, from agility to trucking to run blocking to pursuit. The numbers started rolling out Monday, two teams at a time.

Lucky for us, the AFC East was first up. That allows us to see how all of the scores within the division compare.

Team scores came out a few weeks ago, but individual scores are the ones the players will be bragging about and talking trash over.

The game will be released in August, but for those who can't wait to see what the game will look like -- and to catch a glimpse at some notable players such as Karlos Dansby and Santonio Holmes in their new uniforms -- EA Sports has provided a photo gallery of AFC East images to sort through.

Here are some highlights from the division.

Buffalo Bills

CJ Spiller
C.J. Spiller's on-field speed will also be apparent in "Madden NFL 11."
Top five overall scores: Punter Brian Moorman (90), S Jairus Byrd (87), ILB Paul Posluszny (86), WR Lee Evans (84), RB Fred Jackson (83), CB Terrence McGee (83), S Donte Whitner (83).

Quick take: No wonder Marshawn Lynch wants to play the game as the Jets when it comes out. The Bills' top player is their punter, and they have a dearth of skill players in the 80s. But rookie running back C.J. Spiller is joystick-friendly with 95 speed, 97 acceleration and 95 agility.

Quarterback analysis: Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick each scored a 70, while Brian Brohm is a lowly 65, just two points higher than seventh-round draft pick Levi Brown. Edwards has a 62 in the swagger category, whereas Brohm and Brown are 70s.

Surprise score: Unproven left tackle Demetrius Bell scored a 74, the same number as veteran center Geoff Hangartner and one point higher than veteran tackle Cornell Green.

No respect: As ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi noted recently on "NFL Live," a Madden awareness rating of 65 or lower was the source of ridicule in the Patriots' locker room. Bills tackle Jamon Meredith received a miniscule 35.

Miami Dolphins

Top five overall scores: T Jake Long (96), WR Brandon Marshall (96), FB Lousaka Polite (91), ILB Karlos Dansby (90), RB Ronnie Brown (89), NT Randy Starks (89).

Quick take: If you love to run the ball when you play "Madden," then Miami is the team for you. In addition to Brown and Ricky Williams, it might be fun to mix in Kory Sheets, who has a 93 speed and a 95 acceleration. The average run-blocking score of their top five offensive linemen is 89.4.

Quarterback analysis: Chad Henne's overall rating of 79 is only a point higher than Chad Pennington, but Henne's throwing power is a 94 compared to Pennington's 69. But Pennington's accuracy is a 90, and his awareness is 88. Henne's 79 accuracy beats out only Brohm's 77 and Kellen Clemens' 75 among the eight AFC East quarterbacks who started a game last year.

Stud alert: When you need a big play, just hang the ball up to Marshall. His 99 score for catching in traffic is the game's highest. Maybe using Pennington to throw intermediate routes to Marshall is the way to go when you need a decent gain.

No respect: Miami's defensive backs are the lowest-rated in the division. Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Yeremiah Bell lead the way with 82s.

New England Patriots

Top five overall scores: QB Tom Brady (95), G Logan Mankins (95), WR Randy Moss (95), NT Vince Wilfork (95), K Stephen Gostkowski (91), WR Wes Welker (91).

Quick take: The Patriots have a lot of star power at the skill positions. But their starting lineup, especially on defense, is littered with players rated in the 70s.

Quarterback analysis: Brady has the third-best overall score of any quarterback in the game. His 96 swagger rating is second. There's a big drop-off if Brady gets hurt. Backup Brian Hoyer has a 63 overall rating.

Stud alert: Moss tied for the game's top score in several categories -- 97 awareness, 99 jumping, 99 spectacular catch, 95 swagger.

No respect: The backfield is led by ... Sammy Morris? His 80 is the highest overall score among New England's running backs. Laurence Maroney is a 78.

Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez's overall rating is second among AFC East quarterbacks.
New York Jets

Top five overall scores: CB Darrelle Revis (99), C Nick Mangold (97), NT Kris Jenkins (94), FB Tony Richardson (94), ILB David Harris (91), T D'Brickashaw Ferguson (91).

Quick take: For context, an 83 ranks among the Bills' top scores at any position. The Jets have four offensive linemen, three receivers and eight players on their defense with that score or higher.

Quarterback analysis: Mark Sanchez has an overall score of 82. His awareness came in at 74, but you otherwise won't find numbers that indicate he throws too many interceptions. His throwing accuracy is an 83.

Surprise score: Running back Shonn Greene didn't do enough in the playoffs to impress "Madden" evaluators. He has an overall score of 80, three points lower than his supposed backup, LaDainian Tomlinson, who plummeted from a 94 last year.

Stud alert: Don't test Revis. He's the best cornerback in the game, is tied for first with a 98 in man coverage and has a 97 swagger. But his toughness rating is 65, fifth-worst on the team.