All the ratings are finalized in Madden 17, so you might have to go back and rearrange your depth charts, and that can be kind of tricky. Well, we’re here to help guide you through some of these tough roster decisions as you try to stay fresh for the release of Madden 18 in August. Today, we’re talking about the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
Personally, I don’t come across the Patriots in online H2H matches as often as I do their playbook. The Patriots have several options at the wide receiver and running back spots on offense, and several middle of the pack players at both the defensive end and outside linebacker spots on defense making it hard to just hit the “Auto Reorder” button when setting your lineup with this team. .
On offense, it may be wise to start Legarrette Blount at HB, and use James White as your 3DRB (3rd Down Running Back). Of course you have some choices for your 3rd and 4th WR slots, but Amendola makes a great slot receiver in the 3 spot, and then it’s a toss up between Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Floyd for the 4th spot as both players are rated a 76 overall.
Floyd possesses the better rating in beating press coverage with an 82 in that category, but Mitchell’s catch and jump ratings are higher at 87 and 91 respectively. On the offensive line, you may want to switch up the guard spots using RG Shaq Mason at LG, RT Marcus Cannon at RG, and then Sebastian Vollmer at RT. This will give you players rated at least an 84 at both guard spots and the right tackle position.
On defense, the Pats possess several talented players at the DE position with Super Bowl standout Trey Flowers serving as a backup behind Jabaal Sheard on the left and Chris Long on the right. Flowers is an 81 overall, which is higher than Long at a 79, and the same as Sheard.
Rob Ninkovich, Barkevious Mingo, and Shea McClellin are all decent options at the two OLB spots. Mingo is rated higher than McClellin at the ROLB spot with a 78 overall compared to McClellin’s 76 overall. That one’s a toss up, but Mingo does have better speed and strength ratings at 85 and 69 respectively, just to let you know.
QB: Tom Brady (clearly)
RB: Legarrette Blount (1), James White (2)
FB: James Develin
WR: Julian Edelman (1), Chris Hogan (2), Danny Amendola (3), and Malcolm Mitchell (4)
TE: Rob Gronkowski (1), and Martellus Bennett (2)
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Shaq Mason
C: David Andrews
RG: Marcus Cannon
RT: Sebastian Vollmer
3DRB: James White (1), Dion Lewis (2)
LE: Jabaal Sheard
RE: Trey Flowers
DT: Alan Branch (1), Malcom Brown (2)
LOLB: Rob Ninkovich
MLB: Dont’a Hightower (1), Elandon Roberts (2)
ROLB: Barkevious Mingo
CB: Malcolm Butler (1), Logan Ryan (2), Eric Rowe (3), Justin Coleman (4)
FS: Devin McCourty
SS: Patrick Chung
K: Stephen Gostkowski
P: Ryan Allen
KR: Dion Lewis (1), Danny Amendola (2)
PR: Julian Edelman
KOS: Stephen Gostkowski
LS: Nate Solder
That’s our lineup suggestion for the New England Patriots. You can also check out their playbook breakdown in our free tips section here at Madden School. How do you feel about this lineup for the Patriots? Do you suggest using a different setup on the Patriots depth chart? As always, feel free to comment below.