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Madden NFL 17 ratings: How do the Falcons stack up?

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It's in the game.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone's favorite (read: only) football video game is back for another season.

EA Sports' Madden NFL 17 is officially out on consoles today, so let's take a look at how the Atlanta Falcons fared in the ratings.


Veterans

The Falcons' highest rated player is unsurprisingly Julio Jones. His overall rating is 96, ranking second beyond Antonio Brown, who is rated 97.

Atlanta only has two other players rated in the 90s: Patrick DiMarco (top rated fullback) and Desmond Trufant (tied with Vontae Davis, Johnathan Joseph, Patrick Peterson and Darelle Revis for fourth place), both coming in with a 91 rating.

Matt Ryan is rated an 84. Both he and Philip Rivers are the 11th-best quarterbacks in the game.

Right tackle Ryan Schraeder is an 85, making him the Falcons' best offensive lineman. Lane Johnson and Mitchell Schwartz, both rated an 86, are the only right tackles ahead of Schraeder.


Newcomers

Atlanta paid Alex Mack like he's one of the league's best centers. Unfortunately, Madden doesn't agree as he's rated an 84. Still, it's better than what the Falcons had at the position in last year's game.

New number two wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is a 77, which isn't great. He has an 88 speed rating and an 84 catch rating.

Sean Weatherspoon is also a 77; Courtney Upshaw is rated 76; Dwight Freeney's a 73; Derrick Shelby has a 72 rating; and Matt Schaub is rated a 70.


Rookies

First round pick Keanu Neal is the Falcons' highest rated rookie. He's a 77 — with 93 hit power.

Second-rounder Deion Jones is a 71 (three points below Paul Worrilow), but has 88 speed, giving him the ability to get from sideline to sideline with ease.

Austin Hooper is 71 overall. He has 82 speed, but just 72 catch.

De'Vondre Campbell gives the Falcons more speed with his 85 rating in said category, but he's a low 66 overall.


Other notables

The team overall has an 81 rating: 89 for offense, 79 for defense. The Carolina Panthers are tops in the division with an 87 overall team rating. The New Orleans Saints come in at 80 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are last with a 79 rating.

Devonta Freeman is an 86 and Tevin Coleman is a 75. Madden considers neither a reliable receiver, however, as they have catch ratings of 70 and 58, respectively.

Speaking of receiving options, the Falcons have little to offer beyond Jones. Justin Hardy, Eric Weems and Nick Williams are all rated 69 (nice) and Aldrick Robinson is a 67. Devin Fullter is a 62, but he has 93 speed to make him a viable option in the return game.

It should be noted a lot of the players aren't in their correct positions. Vic Beasley's listed as a weak outside linebacker (79), Brooks Reed is listed as a left end (75) and Ra'Shede Hageman is a right end (74) — to name just a few. If the players are listed correctly in a roster update — and that's a big if — then certain Falcons could have their overall rating boosted.

You can view the Falcons ratings in full here.

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