EA’s Madden NFL ratings are a thing every year, because EA insists on publishing a new game to cash in on new rosters every single season. The ratings are always gradually published, but we know one thing so far: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be in third place a bunch.
In Madden 17, Doug Martin is ranked the third-best running back overall, behind Le’veon Bell and and Adrian Peterson. That seems about fair. He’s an all-around running back, though his speed isn’t top notch, which makes a lot of sense. He can make people miss and run through them, though, which is almost as important as just running away from them. He’s maybe the best pure inside runner in the game.
The Bucs also have another third-place player: Roberto Aguayo, the third-best rookie in the game behind Jalen Ramsey and Ezekiel Elliott. He’s a kicker, so this is a less of an achievement than Martin’s ranking, but I’ll take it anyway. Accurate kicks are still valuable in Madden, though going for it is a lot more useful generally. He’ll also be useful on kickoffs — which, again, is not of the highest value in Madden. Still, you know, third-best rookie drafted at the end of the second round isn’t too bad.