The weekly Madden 12 roster update has arrived for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. The update makes several changes to the New Orleans Saints roster, and also tweaks several other players ratings in the process.
New Orleans is coming off a dominate 49-24 win over the New York Giants where they racked up 577 total yards of offense — the second highest total in franchise history — while keeping quarterback Drew Brees untouched for the third straight game.
Because of this four of the five starting offensive lineman received rating increases.
Right tackle Zach Strief was increased from 73 to 74 overall, center Brian De La Puente was increased from 75 to 77 overall, left guard Carl Nicks was moved from 95 to 97 overall, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod went from 80 to 81 overall.
Brees also received a bump from 97 to 98 overall after he threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and he even channeled Michael Vick as he ran in an eight yard touchdown after juking a defender in open space.
Corner’s Tracy Porter and Patrick Robinson were decreased after a lack luster performance last week. In particular Robinson played off Hakeem Nicks most of the night, failing to wrap him up on several occasions as Nicks ran right by him for big gains.
Porter went from an 84 to 83 overall while Robinson — perpetually stuck in the 70′s in Madden — was reduced to a 74 overall from his prior 75.
Receiver Lance Moore caught two of Brees’ four touchdown passes against the Giants, good enough to get him awarded a two point rating increase from 78 to 80 overall.
Moore was also labeled as third on the depth chart which moved Robert Meachem to fourth behing him. In recent weeks Meachem has somewhat disappeared from the Saints offense.
Tight end Jimmy Graham started this Madden season second on the depth chart behind David Thomas and rated in the high 60′s — what a difference eleven weeks can make.
Graham received a two point rating increase from 90 to 92 overall after hauling in two touchdown passes of his own on 84 receiving yards. He now has 67 receptions on the season and is only 44 yards away from eclipsing 1000 receiving yards.
Two of the Saints defensive stars also received an increase, defensive end Will Smith was moved to 91 overall from 90 and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar received a one point increase to 73 overall.