The cover athlete for Madden 17 will be New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.  The cover was revealed on a special edition of SportsCenter.  This is the first year since Madden 09 that the cover was not selected by a fan vote.

You can place your pre order for Madden 17 today and receive 20% off if you are an Amazon Prime member.

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Here is the first Madden 17 trailer:

The official Madden 17 cover can be seen below.  Keep reading below to see all of the new features and much more Madden 17 information.

madden 17 coverThe focus for Madden 17 is on franchise mode which has been somewhat neglected in recent years.

Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 with a renewed focus on Franchise mode, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run.

Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with the most balanced gameplay to date, featuring all-new ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and an innovative, authentic defensive AI system. Madden NFL 17 is the most complete Madden ever.

Madden 17 Offense Improvements

EA Sports has added a tiered system to the types of special moves different players are able to pull off – depending on their attributes, ratings and speed. So now, expect your bigger bruising backs to be more effective with truck moves and stiff arms, while smaller, shiftier backs have more effective jukes and spins. Now don’t worry if you’re not a magician yet on the sticks.

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New Ball Carrier UI Prompts help teach moves available to you, while the new Path Assist helps you navigate and anticipate down field. Additionally, on lower skill levels, you can put the work on us and we will pick the appropriate moves for you, unlocking the fun for all of our players.

Madden 17 Defense Improvements

While the new tools on offense make you a better, more creative ball carrier, the New Defensive AI System is built on up to date NFL Strategies – such as Gap Play, Force Defenders and improved Zone Coverages. It’s time to force your opponents to stop being so one dimensional.

New Gap Play AI brings a new level of NFL authenticity and strategy to your defensive teammates. Each of your teammates has a gap assignment on run defense that puts them in position to better defend the run. Force defenders protect the outside of the field, pushing the ball carrier back inside allowing cut back defenders to make the big play. Finally Zone Coverage has been completely overhauled, with the addition of 8 new zone concepts never before seen in Madden.

Defenders have more awareness of threats to each zone and can pattern match receivers, creating defensive counters to stop virtually every passing concept. It’s our most realistic AI to date and it’s across the entire field.

Madden 17 Special Teams Improvements

Special Teams, the 3rd phase of football, is where big games are often won and lost. For the first time years we’re bringing the excitement back to special teams. A New Kick Meter is designed to increase the challenge of the kicking game like we see in today’s NFL.

Additionally, the ability to ice the kicker allows you to turn up the pressure on those late game winning field goal attempts. New trick plays and a new block kick mechanic add new elements to the risk and reward of Special Teams.

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New Madden 17 Ground Game

Experience the most balanced gameplay to date on offense making you a better, more creative ball carrier, while new defensive AI puts your teammates into position to stop the run or passing game.

Madden 17 Franchise Mode

Take your team all the way in the deepest Franchise mode to-date, putting you at the center of your team’s Championship run.

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Special Teams Improvements

Special teams finally being addressed with Madden 17. New more difficult kick meter, icing the kicker, trick plays, and block kick mechanic

A couple of Madden NFL 17 screenshots have also come out.  One features Madden 17 cover athlete Rob Gronkowski and the other showing off Antonio Brown giving a stiff arm to Von Miller.

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Update: We have a few more screenshots of Madden 17 now out.

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madden 17 todd gurleyWe still don’t know which of the suggestions mentioned on our Madden 17 wishlist EA Sports will implement.

You have 3 different options available to you to pre order Madden NFL 17.  The cheapest starting at $60 and the most expensive at $100.

Madden NFL 17 Standard Edition ($59.99)
Pre-order your copy today and receive a 1 month EA Access Trial as well as bonus content including nine Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to seven Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs.

Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition ($79.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 10 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.

Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition ($99.99)
Pre-order the Madden NFL 17 Super Deluxe Edition today and receive a one month EA Access trial as well as additional value including 30 Madden NFL Ranked tickets and up to 30 Madden NFL Ultimate Team All Pro Packs.

We have all of the Madden 17 information that has been released so far on our Madden 17 information page, or you can take your Madden 16 game to the next level and become the best Madden gamer you know by becoming a Madden School Unlimited member.

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