New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees draws third-highest Madden NFL 16 QB rating


Finally, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gets some respect this year — from the Madden franchise.

The ratings for Madden NFL 16 are out, and Drew Brees ranks as the third-highest quarterback in the video game with a very fair and accurate rating of 95.  He sits behind Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (99) and the New England Patriots‘ Tom Brady (97).

Respectfully, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ QB Ben Roethlisberger is also rated at 95 after tying Brees for the NFL lead in passing yards in 2014.  Indianapolis Colts‘ quarterback Andrew Luck comes just after at a solid 94, a well-deserved number for the emerging superstar.

Drew Brees has been the focal point of a ton of negative talk from the national media since the 2014 season came to a close. “He’s old.” “His production is declining.” “What will he do without Jimmy Graham?” “He has nobody to throw it to.”

Did Drew Brees have Jimmy Graham when the club won their first and only Super Bowl?  Nope.  What he did have was an amazing offensive line, a very productive ground attack and a defense to back him up.  These are all things we could see in 2015, but of course, there is much work to be done to get back on track.

With the emergence of Mark Ingram and signing of C.J. Spiller, the Saints could have one of the best one-two punches in the league.  A revamped offensive line with Pro Bowl center Max Unger and rookie Andrus Peat is on the horizon.  And the addition of cornerback Brandon Browner, the return of safety Jairus Byrd and a handful of defensive draft picks could certainly help that unit recover after a down year.

The most important thing is keeping Drew Brees safe.  With strong guardianship, the superstar quarterback has the ability to make everybody around him better.

Even with a subpar offensive line, he led the league in passing and was the second-most accurate quarterback a season ago. He’ll continue to thrive off his accuracy and intelligence, and it seems the Madden franchise is well aware of that.  It’s time for Drew Brees to prove his critics wrong.

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