Madden 19: New England Patriots Player Ratings, Roster, Depth Chart & Playbooks

Want to keep the Patriots era rolling? Here is everything you need to know about New England in Madden 19.

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

The New England Patriots are one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, and the dominant force of football in the 21st century. They have won five Super Bowls since Tom Brady took over the reins in 2001, and have won the AFC a further three times.

They have crushed their divisional opponents for years, claiming every AFC East title since 2008, but with the Pittsburgh Steelers and an ascendant Jacksonville Jaguars it will be hard work to keep the Patriots atop the mountain. Here is everything you need to know about bringing a sixth title to Foxborough.

*All stats correct at time of writing

Team Rating

The Patriots have a healthy 85 OVR rating, making them the second-best team behind the Philadelphia Eagles. Their offense is an excellent 89 thanks to their great quarterback and tight end, but that isn’t their only strength. The defense scores a very good 87. With such good balance they are an immediate Super Bowl contender and a strong team to play online.

Tom Brady, Quarterback (OVR 99)

Age: 41

Development Trait: Superstar

Contract: 2 years/$21.9m

2018 Cap Hit: $10.3m

Best Stats: Throw Power (96), Short Accuracy (99), Medium Accuracy (97), Deep Accuracy (86), Play Action (99), Throw Under Pressure (96)

Tom Brady is the quintessential pocket passer. A surgeon with the ball, he’s been a deadly passer for years now. A five-time Super Bowl winner and three-time league MVP, Brady is arguably the greatest to ever play the sport and at 41 he is still going strong. Brady may retire early in your Franchise Mode run, but while you have him you can carve up any defense.

Rob Gronkowski, Tight End (OVR 99)

Age: 29

Development Trait: Superstar

Contract: 2 years/$23.52m

2018 Cap Hit: $8.62m

Best Stats: Speed (83), Acceleration (88), Catching (96), Catching In Traffic (97), Run Block (83)

Rob Gronkowski has been a mismatch ever since he came into the NFL. Too big for safeties to handle, to fast for linebackers, too strong for everyone, he has crushed defenses since day one. A second-round pick in 2010, Gronkowski has scored 77 regular season touchdowns despite a lot of injuries and time missed.

Devin McCourty, Free Safety (OVR 92)

Age: 31

Development Trait: Quick

Contract: 2 years/$20.55m

2018 Cap Hit: $8.65m

Best Stats: Speed (90), Acceleration (90), Play Recognition (92), Awareness (92), Zone Coverage (87)

A first-round pick in 2010, Devin McCourty started his career with the Patriots as a cornerback, and while he picked off seven passes as a rookie he didn’t quite settle into the position. Not to give up on the player, the Patriots moved him to free safety, where McCourty has excelled. His ability to read the game and his athleticism to cover ground has made him a menace to opposing offenses on every snap.

Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback (OVR 87)

Age: 27

Development Trait: Quick

Contract: 4 years/$44.7m

2018 Cap Hit: $10.5m

Best Stats: Speed (91), Acceleration (94), Man Coverage (88), Zone Coverage (87), Press (87)

Stephon Gilmore was a first-round pick for the Buffalo Bills in 2012 and really excelled early on, however the Bills were unwilling to pay him so he hit free agency in 2017, where New England signed him. In his first year with the Patriots Gilmore had an immediate impact, picking off two passes and playing extremely well as the Patriots made another run to the Super Bowl. Gilmore had a vital pass break up to seal their AFC Championship Game win.

Depth Chart & Full Roster

QB OVR Speed Throw Power Short Accuracy Medium Accuracy Deep Accuracy Throw Under Pressure Play Action
Tom Brady 99 61 96 99 97 86 96 99
Brian Hoyer 69 68 87 83 77 73 77 83
Danny Etling 62 80 92 78 72 73 66 74
HB OVR Speed Agility Elusiveness Carrying Juke Move Catching
James White 83 89 90 83 85 87 76
Rex Burkhead 78 84 88 77 88 84 73
Mike Gillislee 77 88 89 71 88 82 63
Sony Michel 77 90 93 81 85 88 68
Jeremy Hill 76 88 84 75 85 83 66
Brandon Bolden 68 87 86 59 85 75 60
FB OVR Speed Strength Carrying Pass Block Run Block Lead Block Impact Block
James Devlin 76 70 87 76 68 71 96 73
WR OVR Speed Agility Catching Short Route Medium Route Deep Route Catching In Traffic Spectacular Catch Release Jumping
Julian Edelman 88 85 91 90 95 92 81 89 88 87 84
Chris Hogan 83 88 89 92 85 87 85 86 84 78 89
Jordan Matthews 77 90 87 83 81 79 77 82 85 75 88
Cordarrelle Patterson 76 91 97 84 76 74 77 77 85 72 93
Malcolm Mitchell 75 90 87 87 76 78 75 80 83 73 91
Phillip Dorsett 75 95 96 84 75 70 75 82 84 62 89
Kenny Britt 73 85 84 83 76 74 72 82 84 78 91
Braxton Berrios 70 91 91 78 81 77 71 77 73 67 86
Matthew Slater 68 86 86 75 73 70 65 76 74 68 84
TE OVR Speed Agility Catching Short Route Medium Route Deep Route Run Block
Rob Gronkowski 99 83 85 96 88 86 78 83
Dwayne Allen 82 75 73 84 69 64 59 82
Will Tye 77 87 83 86 76 72 67 53
Jacob Hollister 72 84 80 78 58 53 48 69
Troy Niklas 72 77 79 78 68 62 58 53
Ryan Izzo 68 74 77 74 61 57 51 70
Joe Cardona 39 75 72 57 35 30 25 45
OL OVR Speed Strength Pass Block Run Block Lead Block Impact Block
David Andrews 83 68 86 82 86 82 84
Shaq Mason 83 73 87 77 87 86 88
Marcus Cannon 82 61 92 77 88 78 83
Trent Brown 82 63 91 85 73 74 79
Joe Thuney 79 74 86 82 79 82 81
Isaiah Wynn 77 70 87 83 80 83 82
Ted Karras 70 61 86 71 76 84 80
LaAdrian Waddle 70 57 87 72 75 79 81
Jason King 69 62 94 71 74 83 82
Matt Tobin 67 74 79 71 75 80 80
Luke Bowanko 67 62 86 71 73 80 82
Cole Croston 66 63 82 71 79 82 81
Ulrick John 65 66 77 72 74 76 78
DE OVR Speed Agility Strength Block Shedding Finesse Moves Power Moves
Trey Flowers 86 77 69 87 84 66 88
Adrian Clayborn 84 77 74 84 68 71 88
Deatrich Wise Jr 74 75 71 72 68 64 76
Geneo Grissom 68 79 75 53 73 64 75
DT OVR Speed Strength Power Moves Finesse Moves Block Shedding Impact Block
Danny Shelton 85 51 95 75 51 86 89
Malcom Brown 82 71 85 78 62 88 87
Lawrence guy 78 71 84 75 66 80 81
Adam Butler 73 65 86 77 68 68 84
Vincent Valentine 70 66 79 82 68 80 83
OLB OVR Speed Agility Tackle Hit Power Play Recognition Pursuit Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Dont’a Hightower 84 83 76 94 90 88 82 52 64
Kyle Van Noy 76 82 83 85 69 79 79 63 72
Marquis Flowers 74 86 83 71 69 73 78 69 79
Dere Rivers 72 85 78 76 83 59 77 60 66
Harvey Langi 68 84 79 79 84 47 78 66 68
Eric Lee 68 81 71 76 75 63 78 60 67
MLB OVR Speed Agility Tackle Hit Power Play Recognition Pursuit Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Elandon Roberts 73 85 73 86 89 78 80 51 61
Ja’Whaun Bentley 69 81 78 82 83 58 81 52 58
Christian Sam 65 81 81 78 79 52 81 58 62
Nicholas Grigsby 64 87 81 78 75 56 78 50 63
CB OVR Speed Acceleration Agility Man Coverage Zone Coverage Press
Stephon Gilmore 87 91 94 89 88 87 87
Jason McCourty 87 92 94 88 87 85 83
Jonathan Jones 76 95 95 85 76 77 72
Eric Rowe 74 91 91 90 75 69 81
Duke Dawson Jr 72 90 90 89 79 74 78
Cyrus Jones 71 90 91 91 78 73 74
Keion Crossen 69 95 92 92 75 71 72
FS OVR Speed Acceleration Agility Play Recognition Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Devin McCourty 92 90 90 91 92 85 87
Duron Harmon 79 88 89 84 82 79 84
Brandon King 65 89 91 81 61 64 68
SS OVR Speed Acceleration Tackle Play Recognition Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Patrick Chung 83 85 91 72 85 79 87
Nate Ebner 69 86 89 74 85 55 60
Jordan Richards 67 86 90 72 64 55 66
K OVR Kick Power Kick Accuracy
Stephen Gostkowski 83 96 88
P OVR Kick Power Kick Accuracy
Ryan Allen 80 91 85
Corey Bojorquez 73 94 78

The Patriots roster revolves completely around Tom Brady. Having a 99 OVR quarterback that can slice and dice a defense is always a huge advantage for any team. Brady’s supporting cast doesn’t look great, but it works to his strengths. Julian Edelman (95 short route running, 90 catching) and James White (89 speed, 76 catching) are very nice pieces for an underneath passing game, while Rob Gronkowski (96 catching, 94 release) is simply a dominant force in the middle of the field. The offensive line is solid if unspectacular, but Isaiah Wynn (83 pass block, 80 run block) is a future star for Franchise Mode.

Defensively the Patriots are well-rounded, but feature more size than speed. Up front their best players are Dont’a Hightower (94 tackle, 88 play recognition) and Trey Flowers (88 power moves, 84 block shedding), but there are a lot of acceptable but unspectacular players in the front seven. The secondary is very good, with Devin McCourty (92 play recognition, 87 zone coverage) and Patrick Chung (85 play recognition, 87 zone coverage) roaming at the safety spots and Stephon Gilmore (88 man coverage, 87 zone coverage) at corner. In Franchise Mode you’ll want to add speed, but they are a unit that is ready to go in online and exhibition play.

Playbook – Offense

I Form – Pro

I Form – Slot

I Form – Tight

I Form – Y Off

Strong I – Pro

Weak I – Close

Singleback – Ace

Singleback – Ace Close

Singleback – Ace Pair

Singleback – Ace Slot

Singleback – Bunch Ace

Singleback – Dice Slot

Singleback – Tight Slots

Singleback – Wing Pair

Singleback – Wing Slot

Singleback – Wing Tight

Singleback – Y Trips

Shotgun – Ace Slot Offset

Shotgun – Bunch

Shotgun – Doubles

Shotgun – Doubles Flex Wk Pats

Shotgun – Doubles Y-Flex

Shotgun – Empty Ace Patriot

Shotgun – Empty Base Flex

Shotgun – Normal Wing Pats

Shotgun – Snug Flip

Shotgun – Split Close Pats

Shotgun – Spread Y-Slot

Shotgun – Trips TE

Shotgun – Trips TE Flex

Shotgun – Trips Y Iso

Shotgun – Trips Y-Flex

Shotgun – U Trips Wk

Shotgun – Wing Flex Offset Wk

The Patriots playbook is shotgun heavy, making it one of the best passing playbooks in the game. There are tonnes of special and unique plays in here and formations like Doubles Flex Wk Pats and Trips Y Iso that make use of their personnel. There are solid under center options that also play on Brady’s terrific play action ability to set defenses up and then strike over the top.

Playbook – Defense

3-4 Odd

3-4 Solid

3-4 Under

4-3 Over

4-3 Under

Nickel Normal

Nickel 2-4-5

Nickel 2-4-5 Double A Gap

Nickel 3-3-5 Odd

Nickel 3-3-5 Wide

Big Nickel Over G

Dime 2-3-6 Sam

Dime 1-4-6

Quarter Normal

Quarter 1-3-7

Quarter 3 Deep

Goal Line Defense 5-3-3

Goal Line Defense 5-4-2

The Patriots defensive playbook is complex and deep. You need to be on top of your depth charts and in-game substitutions to make sure you can flow between a 3-4 and 4-3 front easily as well as all the different nickel formations. Unsurprisingly for a Bill Belichick playbook this will take some time to learn and requires a veteran player to truly maximize all the different looks you can have here. As with every playbook, the Big Nickel Over G will be a very good package this year for most situations, but the ability to mix up looks with the Patriots really does help cover for some of their personnel shortcomings.

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Toby Durant

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