The biggest gainers and losers in Week 3 ‘Madden 17’ player ratings update
Five up, five down
Each week, EA Sports updates rosters throughout the NFL -- bumping up the stats of big performers and nerfing the stats of those who are underperforming. We'll take a look through some of the key players who saw their stock rise or fall this week, though we'll stick to the more highly rated guys. After all, a player whose overall rating rises 9 points to 54 overall (Denver MLB Reshard Cliett) isn't likely to impact your squad either way at this point. And with that, we're off ...
Rising: Jadeveon Clowney
The Houston Texans' DE jumped four points to bump his overall rating to 88, though we're guessing he won't see a similar gain next week after registering just two tackles in a blowout loss to the Patriots on Thursday night. In Clowney's defense, teammate J.J. Watt also had just two tackles.
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Rising: Lardarius Webb
Baltimore free safety Lardarius Webb got blanked in Week 1 -- he didn't have a single tackle. Racking up five in Week 2 in a comeback win against the Cleveland Browns bumped him up 3 points to 81 overall.
Rising: Xavier Rhodes
The Minnesota Vikings cornerback didn't see his overall rating rise, but his strength surged a whopping 12 points as he's nearing a return from a knee injury and looks poised to make his debut in Week 3. That big strength boost oughta help him pull down a few of those jump balls.
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Rising: Josh McCown
The veteran QB took over after Robert Griffin III went down in Cleveland and almost led the Browns to a win in his first start. While the hot start against the Ravens fizzled out in a 25-20 loss, his Madden rating only went up -- jumping 3 points to 74 overall.
Rising: Allen Barbre
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is getting all the love in the media, but Philadelphia Eagles left guard Allen Barbre gets the ratings bump for helping bolster that offensive line in front of him. Barbre jumped 3 points to 76 overall. For what it's worth, Wentz also moved up 1 point to 78 overall after improving to 2-0 in Week 2.
Falling: Greg Toler
Getting burned by Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates did Redskins defensive back Greg Toler no favors in the ratings department -- he dropped 2 points to 70 overall. His awareness -- which dropped 5 points -- was the biggest factor.
Falling: Mitchell Schwartz
J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans put a hurting on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz took a hit because of it. Watt finished with 1.5 sacks and Schwartz finished with an 83 overall rating, down 3 points.
Falling: Jack Mewhort
Indianapolis Colts left guard Jack Mewhort fell 3 points to 82 overall after the Colts got worked over by the Broncos, 34-20. We're guessing the five sacks taken by Andrew Luck were a big factor.
Falling: Sherrick McManis
Chicago Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis (No. 27), seen here in a game last season, is trending downward with a big dip in his awareness leading to a 2-point drop in his overall rating, which now sits at just 67.
Falling: Matthias Farley
Another victim of the Colts' loss to the Broncos, strong safety Matthias Farley is literally falling as he tries to tackle running back C.J. Anderson. He got dinged for 3 points, dropping his overall rating to 60.