fall, the leaves change, Football season is upon us, and a new crop of teams through free agency and the draft hope to be among the madden elite. Now I’m not saying any of them are on the Seattle Seahawks level just yet, but here is my Top 5 of Up and Coming teams for Madden 16.
#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They jumped on people’s radar this by drafting Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Mike Evans to pair with Vincent Jackson, so there was a good chance when you played them you were getting Moss’d by somebody. They also added to this core by drafting a possible sleeper at wide receiver in Kenny bell, who’s 6-1 and ran a high 4.3 40. For all that talent their quarterback options were still either Josh McCown or Mike Glennon, so Tampa went out and fixed the situation by drafting Jameis Winston #1. While he does not have Drew Brees type accuracy, he will improve the quarterback position immediately, and if nothing else he’ll bring a bit of that rookie shine that will attract new users (I mean guys used the Browns just to play with Johnny Football….). Last but not least was their big free agent get, former Dallas Cowboy Bruce Carter who they are going to play at Middle Linebacker, which given his attributes could be a dominant force to user and roam with.
#4 – Tennessee Titans
The Titans had a nice offense in Madden 15 with Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright,6-6 Kris Durham and Delanie Walker, all the while having the fastest Linebacker core in the game. Yet, whenever you used them the biggest obstacle was keeping Jake Locker off the stretcher; because nobody used the Titans to play with Zach Mettenberger. Despite rumored trade offers, the FO heard the Titans users prayers and drafted Oregon product Marcus Mariota. Who will play like a roided up Jake Locker and instantly become one of the fastest quarterbacks in the game. The other rookie of note the Titans snagged was the behemoth from Missouri Dorial Green-Beckham, who looks like a Plaxico Burress clone. Adding him to a core of Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright gives the Titans plenty of firepower….OH and they also scooped up Brian Orakpo to pair up with Jurrell Casey to improve a pass rush that only had 1 dominant player.
#3 – Buffalo Bills
The last thing you would call the Bills offense was slow and all they did was add to it by signing Percy Harvin, giving the Bills the prestige’s crown of fastest wide receiver core in the game. They also upgraded from C.J. Spiller who while good also fumbled at the worst possible time to former Eagles star LeSean McCoy who brings stability to the position and allow you break as many ankles as your heart desires. On defense they drafted 2nd round defensive back Ronald Darby, who looks like a Sam Shields.