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As we reach the gap between old and new Madden versions, here’s a quick analysis of the makeup of team offences at the end of Madden 17. These stats were put together based on the top 32 players in specific positions with the top 64 considered at WR.

Total Offense
Veteran 52.50%
Rookie 47.50%
%Starting Team of Total 24.00%
%Starting Team of Veteran 46.00%

Across the league, after around 6 seasons, the makeup of the starting players had split almost right down the middle with still slightly more veteran players.

Only a quarter of players in a starting position at the end were veterans playing at the same team at kickoff. Of the veteran players starting, half were still playing for their original team.

Position QB Team Rating
#1 Cam Newton, 32 LA 93
#2 Russell Wilson, 32 SEA 91
#3 Aaron Rodgers, 37 DET 91
Starting Team % 4 of 18 22%
Vet Starter % 18 of 32 56%
Top Rookie Derek Marciano, 26 TEN 89
Rookie Starter % 14 of 32 44%

QBs were something of an anomaly when the stats are broken down by position. Only 4 veteran QBs still remained in place at the same team as they began Madden 17, even though veterans still made up a higher percentage of starters than almost all other positions. This is possibly due to the ability of good controllers to make strong armed morons into gods among men and therefore passing along the vets to the less able for picks. With an increased focus on accuracy in Madden 18 it will be interesting to see if this changes.

Position HB Team Rating
#1 La’Veon Bell, 29 PIT 97
#2 Breon Adkins, 26 CHI 95
#3 Todd Gurley II, 27 LA 90
Starting Team % 11 of 20 55%
Vet Starter % 20 of 32 63%
Top Rookie Breon Adkins, 26 CHI 95
Rookie Starter % 12 of 32 37%

HBs prove to have a different profile. Surprisingly the position had the highest offensive percentage of veterans among the best players, for one of the shortest lived positions in real life. Expensive upgrades in most of the important stat areas may play into this with most people unwilling to discard vets unless presented with a physical monster. This may have also led to the relatively small amount of vets changing teams.

Position WR Team Rating
#1 Odell Beckham Jr., 28 NYG 99
#2 DeAndre Hopkins, 29 SF 97
#3 Mike Evans, 28 PIT 93
Starting Team % 16 of 38 42%
Vet Starter % 38 of 64 59%
Top Rookie Jamal Huntley, 25 BUF 92
Rookie Starter % 26 of 64 41%

Veteran WRs proved to be another highly traded resource, but again the veteran percentage hovers around 60% for the league as a whole. This category sees the first of only two 99 rated players on offence by the end of Madden 17 in OBJ. Despite the vet/rookie ratio, Huntley is the only rookie WR in the top 14 players.

Position TE Team Rating
#1 Rob Gronkowski, 32 NE 99
#2 Hunter Henry, 26 SD 92
#3 Tyler Eifert, 30 CIN 90
Starting Team % 11 of 19 58%
Vet Starter % 19 of 32 59%
Top Rookie A.J. Weigmann, 26 BUF 90
Rookie Starter % 13 of 32 41%

Rounding out the skill positions is the TE spot, led by the other 99 overall player in Gronk. Cover stars go 2 for 2 apparently. TE is another relatively stable spot in terms of both trades and veteran staying power. Good rookie TEs tended to be pretty rare in the draft in 17 so it will be interesting to see if that changes in 18.

Position LT Team Rating
#1 Ronnie Stanley, 27 CHI 97
#2 Tyron Smith, 30 DAL 92
#3 Terron Armstead, 30 NO 90
Starting Team % 9 of 17 53%
Vet Starter % 17 of 32 53%
Top Rookie Jackson Harrell, 28 JAX 87
Rookie Starter % 15 of 32 47%

Left tackle begins a trend that continues all across the offensive line and in fact increases in the other spots as rookies hit 47% of all starters here. Less attachment to the big names at the position and almost impossible development past the age of 24 probably plays into this.

Position RT Team Rating
#1 Eugene Swilling, 27 CHI 90
#2 Jack Conklin, 27 TEN 88
#3 Jake Matthews, 29 ATL 87
Starting Team % 7 of 16 44%
Vet Starter % 16 of 32 50%
Top Rookie Eugene Swilling, 27 CHI 90
Rookie Starter % 16 of 32 50%

RT increases that rookie percentage to half of all starting players. It’s also one of only two offensive spots where a rookie was the best player by the end of Madden 17.

Position LG Team Rating
#1 Zack Martin, 30 DET 95
#2 Antuan Waynes, 24 DEN 88
#3 Kevin Zeitler, 31 KC 86
Starting Team % 4 of 14 29%
Vet Starter % 14 of 32 44%
Top Rookie Antuan Waynes, 24 DEN 88
Rookie Starter % 18 of 32 56%

At LG the amount of rookies increases still further, closing in on 60%. A very strange starting team percentage sticks out here with no obvious explanation.

Position C Team Rating
#1 Jaron Mixon, 28 DET 87
#2 Jack Mewhort, 29 HOU 87
#3 Travis Frederick, 30 DAL 87
Starting Team % 8 of 12 67%
Vet Starter % 12 of 32 37%
Top Rookie Jaron Mixon, 28 DET 87
Rookie Starter % 20 of 32 63%

C takes the rookie percentage over 60, with the second rookie to take a top spot in Jaron Mixon. Of the vets still around though, most were still with their initial team.

Position RG Team Rating
#1 Trai Turner, 28 CAR 93
#2 Charlie Katzenmoyer, 26 CHI 90
#3 Joel Bitonio, 29 SEA 86
Starting Team % 7 of 14 50%
Vet Starter % 14 of 32 44%
Top Rookie Charlie Katzenmoyer, 26 CHI 90
Rookie Starter % 18 of 32 56%

RG finishes up the offensive positions and largely follows the trend of the rest of the offensive line with a large rookie percentage. The Bears line and HB being so high also indicates the value in hitting seasonal goals for the team in development.