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Late For Work 8/20: Madden 25 Ravens Player Ratings

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Stock up, stock down. J. Smith says coverage issues not what they seem. Dickson’s return means decisions.


Madden 25 Ravens Player Ratings

Madden fanatics in Ravens Nation – and I know there are hordes of you out there – will love this sneak peek into the “Madden 25” Ravens player rankings.

The full Madden game won’t be released until Aug. 27 for PS3 and Xbox 360, but this YouTube demo (hat tip Sporting News) gives us an early look at the two Super Bowl teams from last season: the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

An ad promoting the popular video game features cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was given a low 54 strength rating, getting knocked down by a Cincinnati Bengal.

It didn’t go unnoticed.

Funny how Madden 25 got me getting ran over on the commercial!! Lol,” Webb tweeted with the picture to the right.  http://t.co/RZdE1o9TSh 

“Weight room!!!!!” teammate Bobby Rainey jokingly replied.

Feel free to check out the full demo, but I’ve pulled out many Ravens rankings for your convenience.  Injuries and camp developments (Dennis Pitta getting hurt, signing Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley and Vonta Leach, etc.) aren’t reflected in the table below.

Enjoy!

NAME

POS

OVR

AGE

SPD

STR

Joe Flacco

QB

93

28

69

74

Tyrod Taylor

QB

73

24

87

58

Ray Rice

HB

94

26

91

83

Bernard Pierce

HB

82

22

90

65

Bobby Rainey

HB

68

25

86

71

Kyle Juszczyk

FB

74

22

77

75

Dennis Pitta

TE

87

28

81

63

Ed Dickson

TE

77

26

83

68

Billy Bajema

TE

71

30

68

75

Alex Silvestro

TE

52

24

75

83

Kyle Juszczyk

TE

76

22

77

75

Torrey Smith

WR

85

24

95

58

Jacoby Jones

WR

81

29

94

63

Tandon Doss

WR

69

23

85

68

David Reed

WR

67

26

90

39

Tommy Streeter

WR

63

23

93

59

Deonte Thompson

WR

61

24

97

67

Bryant McKinnie

LT

81

33

52

96

Kelechi Osemele

LG

80

24

57

92

Gino Gradkowski

C

74

24

65

85

A.Q. Shipley

C

73

27

54

86

Marshal Yanda

RG

97

28

61

91

Michael Oher

RT

82

27

62

98

NAME

POS

OVR

AGE

SPD

STR

Chris Canty

LE

85

30

66

86

Arthur Jones

LE

77

27

67

90

Haloti Ngata

RE

94

29

68

98

Marcus Spears

RE

73

30

65

84

Terrence Cody

DT

74

25

45

97

Brandon Williams

DT

64

24

57

90

Terrell Suggs

LOLB

89

30

82

93

Pernell McPhee

LOLB

77

24

72

91

Elvis Dumervil

ROLB

83

29

83

76

Courtney Upshaw

ROLB

79

23

79

74

Jameel McClain

MLB

78

28

81

77

Arthur Brown

MLB

74

23

82

69

Albert McClellan

MLB

69

27

79

77

Josh Bynes

MLB

65

24

71

74

Daryl Smith

MLB

82

31

78

83

Lardarius Webb

CB

90

27

93

54

Corey Graham

CB

80

28

91

60

Jimmy Smith

CB

76

25

90

70

Chykie Brown

CB

66

26

89

45

Michael Huff

FS

83

30

93

60

Matt Elam

SS

78

21

88

62

James Ihedigbo

SS

74

29

83

65

Justin Tucker

K

88

23

73

40

Sam Koch

P

90

31

58

50

Morgan Cox

LS

58

27

73

65

Jacoby Jones

KR

99

29

94

63

David Reed

KR

85

26

90

39

Asa Jackson

KR

75

23

89

57

Jacoby Jones

PR

99

29

94

63

David Reed

PR

85

26

90

39

Asa Jackson

PR

75

23

89

57


Stock Up, Stock Down

The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel released his Week 4 training camp stock watch.

Players with their stock up included wide receiver Aaron Mellette for moving from the roster bubble to playing with the first-team offense, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil for getting three pressures and a quarterback hit on Matt Ryan last week, and Webb for progressing well in practice after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last season.

Players with their stock down included quarterback Joe Flacco after throwing an interception in the preseason game against the Falcons and several more Saturday’s practice, cornerback Jimmy Smith after getting “picked on” by Ryan and receiver Julio Jones, and center A.Q. Shipley, who appears to be losing his competition battle.

 “Shipley, who is battling second-year center Gino Gradkowski to replace Matt Birk, started against the Atlanta Falcons, but he did not play well for a second straight game,” Vensel wrote. “He appears to be falling behind Gradkowski in the competition, and how the snaps are split between the two this Thursday could be telling.”

J. Smith Says Coverage Issues Not What They Seem

Vensel says Smith’s stock is falling.

But Smith says the coverage issues from last Thursday night’s game may not be what they seem.

While Smith was covering Jones, the Pro Bowl receiver caught three passes for 55 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown.

The Sun’s Aaron Wilson spoke to Smith about his performance, and while the cornerback was accountable for his mistakes, he emphasized that coverage schemes and assignments are mostly only known by players and coaches.

“There's a lot to learn as a whole defense,” Smith said. “I could be more aggressive. I know what you're getting at. Nobody on the outside knows what happens on the inside. There were some holes that need to be fixed, and we worked on them this week.

I'm way too honest,” Smith said. “I don't want to say the wrong thing, but nothing is ever as simple as people think it is.”

Dickson’s Return May Mean Decisions

The Ravens got good news when tight end Ed Dickson returned to practice yesterday after slightly tearing his hamstring on Aug. 3.

Dickson is expected to be the top tight end with Pitta down for the season, and even though he didn’t participate in team drills, he eased back into individual work to the side.

If Dickson continues to improve and can maintain his heath, Baltimore will have to make important roster decisions after signing a few tight ends during training camp.

“[T]he Ravens will have some decisions to make at tight end as they put together their final roster,” wrote ProFootballTalk.com’s Josh Alper. “Coach John Harbaugh said last week that the team was still holding out hope that Dennis Pitta would return at some point during the season and the team has signed Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark to give them other options at the position in the wake of the injuries to their top two returning tight ends.

“That’s not a far better problem to have than replacing both Dickson and Pitta, though, and one that the Ravens will likely be glad to make as a result.”

Defensive Line Rotations Appear Settled

The Ravens have a new-look defensive line after adding several pieces this offseason, and it appears as if the new rotation between the new and the old is settled.

According to Vensel, defensive end Chris Canty, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive tackle Arthur Jones have consistently been the starters all through training camp. In obvious passing situations, Canty and Ngata play the tackle spots and are sandwiched by outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.

As for the second team?

“Behind those three starters, we have usually seen the same faces on the second-team defense throughout training camp,” wrote Vensel. “Rookie Brandon Williams has seen time at nose tackle and defensive tackle and he looks like he will be a solid contributor this season. Veteran Marcus Spears can be a decent run stuffer if called upon, though he hasn’t practiced in the past 10 days due to a hamstring injury. And then there is Terrence Cody, who has been one of the pleasant surprises of the preseason.”

Quick Hits

  • WNST Reporter @BaltimoreLuke: With only six players not working at the start of practice, this is the best attendance the #Ravens have had for practice in a while. [Twitter]
  • @CliftonBrownCSN: DE Marcus Spears (hamstring), after practicing Mon., about his potential for Week 1. "We'll see. I made some progress today." #RavensTalk [Twitter]
  • @GerrySandusky: Who is your stand out player through first two Ravens pre-season games? Mine is inside linebacker Darryl Smith. [Twitter]
  • @GerrySandusky: Big day for tight ends at Ravens practice. Ed Dickson back on the field and Dallas Clark and Visanthe Schiancoe looking more comfortable. [Twitter]
  • @jeffzrebiecsun: [Chris] Johnson's release leaves 7th-round pick Marc Anthony and undrafted rookie Moe Lee battling for 5th CB spot if #Ravens take that many. … Webb, Corey Graham, Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown are top four. Asa Jackson is suspended for eight games so he doesn't factor in. [Twitter]
  • @ElamVsElo: This job becoming a rhythm I'm in love wit..! [Twitter]

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