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Colts Madden-style Player Ratings - Week 4

New York Jets v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

In this new series on Stampede Blue, I’m going to break down each player on a 50-100 Madden-style scale each week to help identify and illustrate which players are the best and most valuable players on the team. Here is a breakdown of the tiers:


Tiers

95 to 100 — One of the 3, 4 best players at his position in the NFL

90 to 94 — An elite, top 10 NFL player at his position in the NFL

85 to 89 — A borderline elite player who will make plenty of plays in each game

80 to 84 — An above average starter

75 to 79 — An average starter who won’t hurt you

70 to 74 — An average starter who should only be used in small spurts

65 to 69 — A below average starter and above average backup

60 to 64 — An average backup

60 or below — A borderline roster player


Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers — 85 (+1)

Jacoby Brissett — 76

Jacob Eason — 68


Running Backs

Jonathan Taylor — 77 (-1)

Nyheim Hines — 74 (+1)

Jordan Wilkins — 72 (+3)


Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton — 83 (+1)

Michael Pittman — 75

Zach Pascal — 74

Daurice Fountain — 65

Ashton Dulin — 64

Dezmon Patmon — 61


Tight Ends

Jack Doyle — 79

Mo Alie-Cox — 75 (+1)

Noah Togiai — 60


Offensive Line

Quenton Nelson — 96

Anthony Castonzo — 85 (-1)

Ryan Kelly — 80 (-1)

Braden Smith — 80

Mark Glowinski — 78

Le’Raven Clark — 68

Danny Pinter — 65

Chaz Green — 62


Defensive Line

DeForest Buckner — 93 (+1)

Denico Autry — 81

Justin Houston — 79

Al-Quadin Muhammed — 74

Grover Stewart — 71

Tyquan Lewis — 71

Ben Banogu — 67

Taylor Stallworth — 66

Eli Ankou — 61


Linebackers

Darius Leonard — 93

Bobby Okereke — 75

Anthony Walker — 75

Zaire Franklin — 68

EJ Speed — 66

Matthew Adams — 64

Jordan Glasgow — 61


Secondary

Kenny Moore III — 84 (+2)

Rock Ya-Sin — 75

Xavier Rhodes — 73 (+3)

Khari Willis — 71

TJ Carrie — 70 (+1)

Julian Blackmon — 68

George Odum — 67

Tavon Wilson — 66

Ibraheim Campbell — 64

Isaiah Rodgers — 63

Tremon Smith — 62


Special Teams

Rigoberto Sanchez — 81 (+1)

Luke Rhodes — 78

Rodrigo Blakenship — 72


Biggest Climbers

Xavier Rhodes

What a way to burst (back) onto the scene! Xavier Rhodes, who struggled in his first two games had an incredible game with two big interceptions. The first one was a bit of gift (out route thrown inside), but he made the most of it and returned it for a touchdown. The second one was great as he read the quarterback perfectly and jumped the route. If he plays like he did against the Jets, the Colts can rely on him against top receivers.

Jordan Wilkins

Wilkins has been productive and explosive in his limited reps and is proving to the coaching staff that he deserves more reps. He has outperformed Taylor in most areas and deserves more carries.


Biggest Droppers

Jonathan Taylor

If you read my article earlier in the week, you won’t be surprised that Taylor has dropped a spot. He just hasn’t been productive and is only acceptable as an inside the tackles runner. He needs to get more explosive plays and break a lot more tackles moving forward.

Anthony Castonzo

Castonzo has done a good job in the passing game, but he hasn’t been winning as a run blocker to his side. He’s usually one of the most reliable run blocking offensive tackles in the NFL and has been great over the last several years, but he’s off to a slow start and it’s showing.