Madden NFL 16 Player Ratings continue with a division-by-division look at team and player ratings. Leading off in the NFC: the NFC East.
Can the Cowboys put last year’s heartbreak behind them, and knock off the Seahawks and Packers?
DALLAS COWBOYS (TEAM 86 OVR)
Can the Cowboys win the division without DeMarco Murray? It’s up to HB Darren McFadden (76 OVR) to take his place. The OL is still strong, with LT Tyron Smith (93 OVR), RG Zack Martin (92 OVR), and C Travis Frederick (91 OVR) leading the way. QB Tony Romo (93 OVR) looks to a build on a career year alongside WR Dez Bryant (96 OVR) and TE Jason Witten (93 OVR).
ROLB Sean Lee (89 OVR) is always an impact player when healthy. MLB Rolando McClain (86 OVR) takes over Lee’s spot in the middle. CB Orlando Scandrick (88 OVR) is a standout in the secondary.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (TEAM 84 OVR)
Chip Kelly made a number of high-profile offseason moves. Now it’s time to see them in action. QB Sam Bradford (79 OVR) leads the question marks into camp. HB DeMarco Murray (94 OVR) is no question at all, led by a great offensive line including LT Jason Peters (96 OVR), RT Lane Johnson (88 OVR), and C Jason Kelce (87 OVR). HB Ryan Mathews (84 OVR) can spell him when needed.
The Eagles have a revamped secondary with new arrivals CB Byron Maxwell (84 OVR), CB Walter Thurmond (75 OVR), and rookie CB Eric Lowe (72 OVR). MLB Kiko Alonso (87 OVR) could have a breakout year after coming over in the LeSean McCoy trade.
NEW YORK GIANTS (TEAM 77 OVR)
Head coach Tom Coughlin is back for another go-around in the Big Apple. Can he take the Giants back to the postseason? QB Eli Manning (87 OVR) will look for big years out of both WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (94 OVR) and Victor Cruz (84 OVR). First-round pick Ereck Flowers (76 OVR) gets a chance to shine on Manning’s blind side. HB Rashad Jennings (80 OVR) shares the backfield with the Super Bowl hero Shane Vereen (81 OVR), as well as second-year back Andre Williams (73 OVR).
Rookie SS Landon Collins (74 OVR) joins an excellent secondary with CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (88 OVR) and Prince Amakamura (86 OVR). RE Jason Pierre-Paul (89 OVR) has had an eventful offseason, but can be a force when healthy.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (TEAM 75 OVR)
The front office wants Robert Griffin III (78 OVR) at QB, but both Kirk Cousins (73 OVR) and Colt McCoy (73 OVR) are nipping at his heels. WRs DeSean Jackson (88 OVR) and Pierre Garcon (83 OVR) are solid downfield targets. Rookie RT Brandon Scherff (80 OVR) helps a struggling offensive line, while solid HB Alfred Morris (84 OVR) remains the starter after three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
LOLB Ryan Kerrigan (90 OVR) is a bright spot on defense, along with RE Jason Hatcher (87 OVR) and new arrival DT Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton (88 OVR). Chris Culliver (85 OVR) pairs with DeAngelo Hall (77 OVR) as the starting CBs.