There are tons of individual ratings for wide receivers in Madden 25. Some are useless, some have a minor effect, and some are absolutely essential. A wide receivers pass block rating may effect his overall rating but in terms of actual gameplay, it serves no purpose. Below, we go over the 3 rating attributes that stand out from the rest in Madden 25.
- Spectacular Catch – Spectacular catch is the hardest catching skill to upgrade in connected franchise mode. Many newer Madden NFL gamers will focus exclusively on the catch attribute while ignoring Spec catch and catch in traffic. That is a huge mistake. Just about any wide receiver in the game will catch a pass where he is wide open. It doesn’t matter much whether he has a 60 catch rating or a 99 catch rating. The majority of plays you will want your receiver to make will involve a spectacular catch animation, so make sure you have a wide receiver that has it.
- Speed – Acceleration and agility have been useless ratings for the past 10 Madden games. That may change in Madden 25 with the introduction of run free and a brand new running game. With that being said, speed is the #1 attribute that all professional Madden players look for. If a wide receiver doesn’t have speed, he won’t be all that effective (outside of mega studs like Larry Fitzgerald). Any experienced Madden gamer would take an 99 speed receiver that is only 85 overall instead of an 85 speed receiver that is 99 overall. If you can’t get separation, you can’t make plays. Like the spectacular catch attribute, the speed rating takes a lot of work to improve in a connected franchise.
- Height – Looking back on the most dominant wide receivers in Madden history, you don’t think of wide receivers like Wes Welker. The guy is awesome on Sundays and has great ratings in Madden, but because of his height he isn’t as dominant as he should be. Guys who have made an impact and been truly dominant in Madden NFL games are the Randy Moss or Calvin Johnson type that possess the Spectacular catch, Speed, and Height combination. Height cannot be upgraded ever within connected franchise mode so keep that in mind when choosing your team.
If you can get a wide receiver with at least 2 out of the 3 of these attributes in Madden 25, you will have a dangerous passing game.