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Rookies are always a big deal to fans of the Madden NFL franchise.
Rookies are always a big deal to fans of the Madden NFL franchise.

EA finally seems to be in full hype swing for the upcoming Madden NFL 15, as earlier this week we learned that the Madden 15 ratings were just around the corner, and now today a closer look at some if the rookies making an appearance in this year’s title.

Among the rookies featured in the new screenshots include: Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and Cleveland Browns QB extraordinaire, Johnny Manziel. We also got to see slivers of Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin, and even Dallas Cowboys OT Zack Martin (both seen above).

For players like Manziel, who we have seen numerous times already in screenshots (and in the bathroom rolling up bills, yikes) this is nothing new, but for fans of new soon-to-be franchise QBs Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater, this is the best look we’ve had yet. The game isn’t due out to release until August 26th, but we already know that the full rookie ratings are complete and the big ratings reveal is just weeks away.

Madden NFL 15 Rookie: Blake Bortles (JAX)

Blake Bortles was selected 3rd overall in the 2014 NFL draft, and is believed to be the Jaguars’ franchise QB of the future. While Bortles isn’t expected to play in his first year in the NFL (we’ll see how long that plan lasts), he can be used right away in Madden NFL 15, both online and in Connected Franchise mode. Bortles is the Jags’ highest pick at quarterback in team history.

Madden NFL 15 Rookie: Teddy Bridgewater (MIN)

Teddy Bridgewater is the lowest quarterback taken by the Vikings in the first round in franchise history, with the team moving up to select him 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL draft. Bridgewater was well-regarded as a student of the game coming out of college (and even still), and at one time in the offseason was projected to go as high as #1 overall. Bridgewater slipped considerably following a notoriously poor Pro Day, but still represents the brightest future QB on the Vikings roster.

Madden NFL 15 Rookie: Johnny Manziel (CLE)

Johnny Manziel has done nothing but draw attention to himself since the Cleveland Browns passed on him early in the 2014 NFL draft, and then moved up from 26th overall to 22nd overall to select the Texas A&M QB. The attention Manziel has brought on has been both good and bad for the Browns organization, but ultimately it will be his play on the field that defines his success with the franchise — not his Twitter follower count.

Madden NFL 15 Rookie: Mike Evans (TB)

Mike Evans is a mountain of a man at 6-foot-5 with speed to burn and an impressive catching radius. Many experts in the media were back-and-forth over whether or not Mike Evans should have been the first receiver off the board in the 2014 NFL draft, or if Clemson’s Sammy Watkins was the better choice. Ultimately, Watkins won out on NFL draft boards, but the competition between the two top wideouts is far from over. Evans lands in a great situation where he can learn from similarly-built Vincent Jackson on how to use his size, speed and strength to dominate at the next level.

Which rookie do you want to play with the most?

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  • redraider56

    weird to see manziel without booze or a hot female in his hands haha

  • atlJAGSfan

    I can’t wait to play with all the new Jags rookies. It feels like Christmas this year.

  • gobolts21

    I’m rooting for Bridgewater. I hope he does well playing up there Peterson and Patterson.

  • Steel226

    Where’s part two?I wanna see Ryan Shazier: D

  • Black Ranger Gold Necklace

    Manzeil gotta 93 speed. Lmao