28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

Madden 19: New Orleans Saints Player Ratings, Roster, Depth Chart, & Playbooks

Ever since Drew Brees and Sean Payton teamed up in New Orleans, the Saints have gone from also-ran to contender. They have a record of 112-79 from 2006 to the start of this season, along with the franchises first Super Bowl to cap the 2009 season. Last year the Saints were a force, turning a strong draft class into a brilliant defense and a deadly offense. The likes of Marcus Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk, Alvin Kamara, and Marcus Williams became immediate starters and added to the brilliance of Brees, Michael Thomas, and Cameron Jordan. The Saints went 11-5 and won the NFC South, only be knocked out of the playoffs by one of the most spectacular last-second touchdowns ever by Minnesota.

*All stats correct at time of writing

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Team Rating

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The New Orleans Saints have a very good overall rating of 84. Only the Eagles, Rams, and Steelers have a better OVR. They are an extremely well-balanced team, with an 87 score on both offense and defense. The Saints have stars littered across the field and have done a great job at improving the defense over the last year or two and bringing it up to the standard of the offense. They are one of the best teams to use online given the quality of both units and the variety of offensive weapons they have.

Cameron Jordan, Defensive End (OVR 94)

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Age: 29


Development Trait: Superstar

Contract: 3 years/$30.02m

2018 Cap Hit: $8.31m

Best Stats: Strength (91), Power Moves (93), Block Shedding (92), Play Recognition (97), Tackle (89)

The Saints selected Cameron Jordan in the first-round in 2011 and have been rewarded with three Pro Bowl seasons, one First Team All Pro performance and 61.5 sacks. The Saints have run through a lot of defensive coordinators in Jordan's career, and a lot of different schemes. Through all of that, Jordan has been productive and destructive. He racked up 13 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and 28 QB hits last season to make his first All-Pro appearance.

Drew Brees, Quarterback (OVR 94)

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Age: 39


Development Trait: Star

Contract: 2 years/$36.5m

2018 Cap Hit: $18m

Best Stats: Throw Power (89), Short Accuracy (99), Medium Accuracy (93), Throw Under Pressure (97), Play Action (97)

Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans as a free agent with shoulder issues in 2006 and proceeded to become perhaps the most productive passer of his generation. Brees is the only quarterback with multiple 5,000-yard seasons, and he has broken that mark four times. He's racked up over 58,000 yards for the Saints and thrown 413 touchdowns to date for them. At the time of writing Brees is just 814 yards away from overtaking Peyton Manning for the most passing yards in NFL history.

Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver (OVR 93)

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Age: 25


Development Trait: Star

Contract: 2 years/$2.7m

2018 Cap Hit: $1.2m

Best Stats: Speed (89), Catching (97), Spectacular Catch (93), Catching In Traffic (91), Short Route (96), Medium Route (93), Jumping (90)

Michael Thomas has been wildly productive ever since he arrived in New Orleans as a second-round pick in 2016. In his rookie year he made 92 catches for 1,137 yards and scored nine touchdowns. He followed that up with a 104 catches in 2017 for 1,245 yards and five scores. Thomas' size and speed make him threatening, but he has terrific route running for such a young player and is already among the best receivers in the NFL.

Alvin Kamara, Running Back (OVR 89)

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Age: 23


Development Trait: Star

Contract: 3 years/$2.95m

2018 Cap Hit: $900k

Best Stats: Speed (89), Agility (93), Juke Move (93), Elusiveness (90), Carrying (86), Catching (74), Short Route (83)

The Saints took Alvin Kamara in the third round of the 2017 draft and it very quickly proved to be a steal. Kamara came in and was the perfect compliment to Mark Ingram. He saw 100 targets, making 81 catches for 826 yards and five touchdowns, but his talents weren't limited to being the receiving option. Kamara also saw 120 carries and picked up 728 yards and eight touchdowns, giving him an insane average of 6.1 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per touch.

Depth Chart & Full Roster

QB OVR Speed Throw Power Short Accuracy Medium Accuracy Deep Accuracy Throw Under Pressure Play Action
Drew Brees9469899993839797
Teddy Bridgewater7881908482788472
HB OVR Speed Agility Elusiveness Carrying Juke Move Catching
Alvin Kamara90899390869374
Mark Ingram II86888877879072
Dwayne Washington67908672827962
Taysom Hill65898370698063
FB OVR Speed Strength Carrying Pass Block Run Block Lead Block Impact Block
Zach Line7383678465709170
WR OVR Speed Agility Catching Short Route Medium Route Deep Route Catching In Traffic Spectacular Catch Release Jumping
Michael Thomas9389919796938991939190
Ted Ginn Jr8293938583858778837587
Cameron Meredith8089918883828188868090
Tre'quan Smith7489868279787679847689
Austin Carr6986938174756978755881
Tommylee Lewis6591927864656775735784
Travin Dural6188858264656176816375
TE OVR Speed Agility Catching Short Route Medium Route Deep Route Run Block
Benjamin Watson8179748979746754
Josh Hill8083838373706366
Michael Hoomanawanui7277687963575254
Dan Arnold6483877663575250
Zach Wood3567723624191552
OL OVR Speed Strength Pass Block Run Block Lead Block Impact Block
Ryan Ramczyk86639086868986
Terron Armstead86818887809085
Max Unger81608781768590
Larry Warford81539081786084
Andrus Peat74668775777186
Jermon Bushrod68698771715782
Josh LeRibeus66608871727375
Cameron Tom64768573727577
Will Clapp63597673737574
DE OVR Speed Agility Strength Block Shedding Finesse Moves Power Moves
Cameron Jordan94787991927393
Alex Okafor80747179797285
Trey Hendrickson76848179687863
Marcus Davenport75857582757278
Mitchell Loewen72747887797175
DT OVR Speed Strength Power Moves Finesse Moves Block Shedding Impact Block
Tyeler Davison81679177618478
Sheldon Rankins81718685717585
David Onyemata79708982677678
Jay Bromley73708577577383
Taylor Stallworth68637972627878
OLB OVR Speed Agility Tackle Hit Power Play Recognition Pursuit Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Demario Davis858681848681866875
Craig Robertson 787982868081826777
Alex Anzalone748588818372796773
AJ Klein718388787582775062
Vince Biegel708379797758766566
MLB OVR Speed Agility Tackle Hit Power Play Recognition Pursuit Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Manti Te'o757880798587796577
CB OVR Speed Acceleration Agility Man Coverage Zone Coverage Press
Marshon Lattimore87939491878690
Patrick Robinson83889287858785
Ken Crawley77919289767477
Eli Apple77929290767274
PJ Williams75909585737680
Justin Hardee69939389746965
FS OVR Speed Acceleration Agility Play Recognition Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Marcus Williams84899087827680
Josh Robinson69899391656968
Chris Banjo68878988656469
SS OVR Speed Acceleration Tackle Play Recognition Man Coverage Zone Coverage
Vonn Bell75888972737274
Kurt Coleman73858966826166
JT Gray63898972545864
K OVR Kick Power Kick Accuracy
Wil Lutz799787
P OVR Kick Power Kick Accuracy
Thomas Morstead829494

The Saints roster is deep and has few holes. Aside from the obvious talents of Drew Brees (89 throw power, 99 short accuracy) at quarterback, the offense is very strong. Michael Thomas (97 catching, 96 short route) headlines a good receiving corps where the talents of Cameron Meredith (90 jumping, 88 catching) and tight end Benjamin Watson (89 catching, 79 short route) can shine. The running back duo of Alvin Kamara (89 speed, 90 elusiveness) and Mark Ingram II (88 speed, 89 trucking) are deadly on the ground, and obviously Kamara can help in the passing game. The offensive line is solid too, headlined by the bookend tackles of Terron Armstead (87 pass block, 80 run block) and Ryan Ramczyk (86 pass block, 86 run block).

Defensively the Saints are pretty strong. Cameron Jordan (93 power moves, 92 block shedding) is their best player, and supported on the offensive line by Alex Okafor (85 power moves, 81 play recognition) and Tyeler Davison (91 strength, 84 block shedding). The secondary is led by Marshon Lattimore (87 man coverage, 86 zone coverage) who is fast and beautifully balanced in his coverage skills. Marcus Williams (82 play recognition, 80 zone coverage) offers nice production at free safety too. The Saints linebackers are not brilliant, but you can minimize their impact by using nickel sub packages regularly and making the most of the two solid strong safeties Kurt Coleman (82 play recognition, 82 catching) and Vonn Bell (75 zone coverage, 74 hit power).


New Orleans Saints Playbook - Offense

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I Form - Close

I Form - H Pro

I Form - Pro


I Form - Slot Flex

I Form - Tight

Weak I - Close Flex

Weak I - Pro

Weak I - Slot Flex

Weak I - Wing

Singleback - Ace

Singleback - Ace Pair

Singleback - Bunch Base


Singleback - Dice Slot

Singleback - Tight Slots

Singleback - Wing Flex

Singleback - Wing Pair

Singleback - Wing Stack

Singleback - Wing Tight

Singleback - Y Trio

Pistol - Bunch TE

Shotgun - Bunch


Shotgun - Double Y Flex Off Wk

Shotgun - Doubles Offset

Shotgun - Eagle H Tight

Shotgun - Eagle H-Slot

Shotgun - Empty Trey

Shotgun - Flex Y Off Wk

Shotgun - Split Offset

Shotgun - Stack Y-Flex

Shotgun - Tight Offset TE


Shotgun - Trey Open

Shotgun - Trey Y-Flex

Shotgun - Y Off Trio Wk

The Saints playbook is extremely well balanced. It has a lot of I formation sets between the standard I Form and Weak I that can give you good opportunities to pound the ball and then hit play action passes over the top of aggressive linebackers. It also has a really nice Pistol Bunch set and a lot of flex and weak shotgun formations that can force defenses to declare their coverage pre-snap. This is an offensive playbook designed to keep defenses guessing and provide a lot of big play opportunities.

New Orleans Saints Playbook - Defense

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4-3 Normal


4-3 Over

4-3 Over Plus

4-3 Under

4-3 Wide 9

46 Bear Under

Nickel Normal

Nickel Wide 9

Nickel Double A Gap

Big Nickel Over G


Dime Normal

Quarter Normal

Quarter 3 Deep

Dollar 3-2-6

Goal Line Defense 5-3-3

Goal Line Defense 5-4-2

The Saints defensive playbook is a pretty unexceptional 4-3 defense. It does have some nice sub packages, with the Dollar 3-2-6 providing plenty of coverage and edge blitz potential. The 46 Bear Under front is a nice change up look that can penetrate in short yardage. The Big Nickel Over G is always a strong package to use as well.

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