Cam Newton not elite rookie in 'Madden'

July, 18, 2011
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Atlanta receiver Julio Jones and New Orleans running back Mark Ingram are the top rookies in the NFC South, at least according to "Madden NFL 12".

Take a look at the top-10 rookies according to the Madden rating system. Ingram is tied for sixth with a 79 overall rating. Jones is tied for ninth with a 79 rating. Arizona defensive back Patrick Peterson and Buffalo defensive end Marcell Dareus are tied for the top spot with an 82 overall value.

I don’t think the Madden folks are too far off on Ingram and Jones. I think Ingram immediately will take on a significant role in New Orleans’ backfield. The Falcons obviously have big plans for Jones in their passing game after trading up in the first round to get him.

The bigger news here might be who is not on the list. That’s Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who was the first overall draft pick.

I’m guessing the people who come up with the Madden numbers were a bit like a lot of talent evaluators leading into the draft. They’re not sure if Newton will have an impact right away.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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