The Madden 23 ratings for the Buffalo Bills players have been released, and we have to ask ourselves: Did they get them right? Let’s go position-by-position and take a look at their overall rankings, and how they compare to their competition around the NFL.
Offensive Skill Positions
Stefon Diggs resides at fifth overall with his 95 grade, but one point behind DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended for a positive Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) test. Is it dishonest to rank a player above him who just tested positive? Perhaps. Either way, Stefon Diggs is respected as one of the NFL’s best receivers. The same cannot be said for Tanner Gentry, who tied for the worst receiver rating in the game. Isaiah McKenzie is the team’s fastest receiver, with a 92 speed rating, but tied for 68th-best in the category.
Dawson Knox played like a top tight end in 2021, but was relegated to a spot outside of the top 10 this season. Is he deserving of better, are are we biased?
Unsurprisingly, the Bills’ lackluster run game of the last few seasons means lower ratings for our starting running backs. Singletary is a great player, but he’s not the focus of the offense. It will be fun to watch, and see how James Cook’s stats change as his role evolves in this pass-first offense.
Reggie Gilliam may be beloved by Bills fans, but not by those who make the Madden 23 player rankings. Still, it could’ve been a lot worse.
This is the one you’re probably here for, and we understand. Josh Allen is arguably the league’s best quarterback, and leads the Super Bowl favorites. After losing out on a shot at the Super Bowl last season, by a cruel twist of fate, he’s set to take on the champions in Week 1. The pressure is on. Heck, it never came off. According to the Madden 23 ratings adjustors, he’s still only the fourth-best QB in the NFL, behind Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. However, his throw power is a solid 99, the strongest in the game amongst all players.
The Secondary (CB/S)
Jordan Poyer finally got the respect he deserved, and his All-Pro status added further credibility to one of the NFL’s best safeties.
Both of the Buffalo Bills’ starting safeties were ranked highly at their positions, and they both made the top-10 (overall) for their combined positions. Micah Hyde, who’s play last season put his name on the map in bold, earned a Second-Team All-Pro selection, the second of his career.
In his soon-to-be comeback season following his tragic Thanksgiving ACL tear, Tre’Davious White came in as the third-best cornerback in the game. Madden 23 clearly has big things in store for him. Kaiir Elam got a 73, which is rather standard for a top-tier rookie.
Front Seven (DL/LB)
Ed Oliver is clearly the best defensive tackle on the roster, but who starts beside him? Daquan Jones and Jordan Phillips are both good candidates, as is Tim Settle. The grade for Eli Ankou feels a little disrespectful, considering his splash plays from last season.
Left Defensive End
|Carlos Basham Jr.||70||T-43rd|
The left side of this defensive line is young, and we can expect plenty of snaps for Greg Rousseau. How many of those pass-rush attempts will be stolen by Shaq Lawson? It remains to be seen, but we’re excited to find out.
Right Defensive End
Von Miller is a huge addition to the Buffalo Bills, but also seemingly to the Madden 23 roster as well. His 92 rating was good for third-best coming off the right side of the line, and will inevitably cause many controllers to be launched in frustration. In a big year for A.J. Epenesa, he’ll be riding the virtual bench.
Right Outside Linebacker
|Andre Smith Jr.||65||T-62nd|
Matt Milano, the second half of our dynamic LB duo, has been great in coverage for a long time. Now, he’s got the mark of that. A high awareness rating, similar to the rest of this defense, is indicative of his strengths.
Left Outside Linebacker
For a team that typically plays only two linebackers, this position is essentially a luxury. Fans who don’t play the game with the Buffalo Bills’ own defensive scheme may find themselves with an unfortunate handicap as Marquel Lee leads the group with a 68.
Say what you will about Tremaine Edmunds, he’s highly respected by a lot of football minds. We may not count the Madden gods amongst those minds, but they paid their respects too, giving him an 84 overall. The eighth-best middle linebacker in the game, Edmunds will be as important to your lineup this summer as he is on the field come Autumn.
Surprisingly, David Quessenberry ousted Spencer Brown as the highest-graded right tackle on the roster.
The Shnowman, Dion Dawkins, was Madden 23’s 10th-best left tackle. His connection with Josh Allen was surely noted.
|Greg Van Roten||67||T-38th|
The digital version of Ryan Bates finds himself in a hot camp battle for the starting right guard spot, but it remains to be seen if the actual Bates is in the same place.
|Roger Saffold III||80||T-7th|
The newly-acquired Rodger Saffold is the team’s second-highest rated offensive lineman. Saffold is expected to help Dawkins lock down the ever-important blind side, and this ranking reflects that.
Special Teamers (K/P)
It may come as no surprise that Matt Araiza, despite being a rookie special teamer, has a very strong leg. His cannon comes in at a 98 kick power, and he’s the only punter to surpass a 96. Haack’s stat line (unsurprisingly) disappoints.
Now, being tied 15th might seem a little disrespectful for one of the best kickers in the NFL, but his kick power ranking is at a whopping 96. He’s still tied for 13th in that regard, but there’s only four kickers with a leg (pun) up on him.
Overall, the Buffalo Bills found themselves rated at an 89, second-best in the upcoming release. They reside three spots behind the first-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one ahead of the Green Bay Packers and the L.A. Rams.
Well, those are the player ratings for the Buffalo Bills in Madden 23. How do you feel about them? Who should be higher, who should be lower? Let us know!
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