Madden 20: Los Angeles Rams Player Ratings, Roster, Depth Chart, Salary Cap, Free Agents & Needs – Aaron Donald, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley & more

Defeated in last year’s Super Bowl, can you go one step further and claim the Lombardi Trophy?

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

The Los Angeles Rams are not that far removed from relocating and being one of the most boring and disappointing teams in the NFL. In 2016 they were wasting a #1 pick at quarterback and a generational running back, but when Sean McVay took over as head coach in 2017 things immediately turned around.

The Rams quickly became one of the most exciting and inventive offenses, and rode that O along with a stout defense to the Super Bowl last season. Their magical run was ended by the great villain of the NFL, the New England Patriots, but they come into Madden 20 as one of the most playable teams around.

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Team Rating

The Los Angeles Rams come into Madden 20 with an 81 OVR rating. That puts them fourth in the game behind the Eagles, Saints, and Cowboys, and tied with the Chicago Bears.

The strength of their team sits with the 85 rated offense. That puts them third, and tied with the Patriots and Saints. The defense is a little less impressive. Their 79 rating is still strong, which puts them right in the middle of the pack.

However, that defense has a couple of stars on it, and the offense isn’t short of top end talent either.

Aaron Donald, Defensive End (99 OVR)

Age: 28

Development Trait: Superstar X-Factor

Contract:

2019 Cap Hit:

Best Stats: Strength (99), Power Moves (99), Play Recognition (99), Awareness (99), Block Shedding (97), Finesse Moves (96), Tackle (93)

Aaron Donald has been simply sensational since the Rams drafted him 13th overall in the 2014 draft. As a rookie Donald racked up 9 sacks and 18 tackles for loss and made his first Pro Bowl and winning Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 2015 he was named First-Team All-Pro, something he has not missed since, and in 2017 he won Defensive Player of they Year which he defended in 2018 with a 20.5 sack campaign.

In Madden 20 Donald is a member of the 99 Club. He has perfect strength (99), power moves (99), play recognition (99), and awareness (99). His finesse moves (97) the best in the game, and his acceleration (90) is superb for his position. In short Donald is a lethal player that can crush quarterbacks at will.

Todd Gurley, Half Back (97 OVR)

Age: 25

Development Trait: Superstar X-Factor

Contract:

2019 Cap Hit:

Best Stats: BC Vision (99), Break Tackle (96), Agility (95), Juke Move (95), Carrying (94), Speed (92), Acceleration (92), Elusiveness (92)

The Rams picked Todd Gurley 10th overall in 2015. As a rookie he put up 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns at an impressive 4.8 yards per carry as he claimed Offensive Rookie of the Year. After a down 2016, Gurley had a stellar 2017, posting a career-high 2,093 yards from scrimmage as he claimed Offensive Player of the Year. In 2018 he scored a total 21 touchdowns as he helped the Rams get to the Super Bowl.

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Thankfully you don’t have to worry too much about Todd Gurley’s terrible knees in Madden 20. Instead, you can put the ball in his hands and watch him break tackles (96) and juke defenders out (95). His speed (92) and acceleration (92) are good, and his catching (68) is strong for a back, making him an all-round threat.

Aqib Talib, Cornerback (87 OVR)

Age: 33

Development Trait: Star

Contract:

2019 Cap Hit:

Best Stats: Jumping (96), Man Coverage (91), Press (91), Agility (91), Acceleration (91), Speed (87), Zone Coverage (87), Play Recognition (87)

Aqib Talib was a first-round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 and played pretty well but moved to New England in the middle of the 2012 season and found himself playing in the biggest spots possible. After a strong 2013 campaign with the Patriots he moved to the Denver Broncos and won Super Bowl 50 with them. Talib joined the Rams in 2018 and starts this season with career 35 interceptions and 10 touchdowns.

Talib may be aging but he is still impressive in man coverage (91) and press (91). His acceleration (91) and agility (91) are also good, but his overall speed (87) is not quite where you would want it to be. Talib is flexible enough to play zone coverage (87) and his jumping (96) is impressive enough to compete in the red zone.

Jared Goff, Quarterback (83 OVR)

Age: 24

Development Trait: Star

Contract:

2019 Cap Hit:

Best Stats: Short Accuracy (93), Throw Power (89), Medium Accuracy (88), Play Action (87), Acceleration (86), Deep Accuracy (85), Awareness (85), Throw On Run (84)

The Rams made a huge a trade in 2016 to move up and take Jared Goff with the first pick. As a rookie he started 7 games and lost all of them, but when Sean McVay took over in 2017 Goff greatly improved. In 2018 he threw for 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns, completing 64.9 percent of his passes with 12 interceptions as the Rams got to the Super Bowl.

In Madden 20 Goff is no superstar, but he can certainly get the job done. His accuracy is good (93 short, 88 medium, 85 deep) and he has nice throw power (89) to get the ball where it needs to be. He is good on play action (87) and can throw on the run (84) too.

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Full Roster & Depth Chart

OB OVR SPD THP SAC MAC DAC
Jared Goff 83 78 89 93 88 85
Blake Bortles 69 79 86 83 78 77
Brandon Allen 46 78 81 71 62 64
HB OVR SPD CAR SFA ELU JKM
Todd Gurley 97 92 94 91 92 95
Malcolm Brown 72 89 89 77 65 78
Darrell Henderson 72 89 86 75 78 85
John Kelly 67 85 82 82 74 84
Justin Davis 66 88 73 61 80 86
Matt Colburn 62 90 74 62 72 78
WR OVR SPD CTH SRR MRR DRR
Brandin Cooks 87 95 93 90 87 88
Robert Woods 86 91 95 88 89 87
Cooper Kupp 83 88 89 86 87 82
Josh Reynolds 75 88 85 78 80 80
Austin Proehl 65 90 77 78 73 70
KhaDarel Hodge 65 87 82 69 67 71
Mike Thomas 62 88 77 66 67 68
JoJo Natson 59 90 75 57 56 58
TE OVR SPD CTH SRR RBK
Gerald Everett 79 85 84 69 67
Tyler Higbee 79 80 83 67 73
Johnny Mundt 64 81 73 61 61
Kendall Blanton 62 76 76 56 58
Jake McQuaide 44 67 60 42 49
OL OVR PBK RBK LBK IBL
Andrew Whitworth 93 94 90 91 93
Rob Havenstein 82 81 91 83 84
Austin Blythe 81 80 83 81 83
Joseph Noteboom 65 71 70 75 77
Bobby Evans Jr 64 68 69 79 77
Brian Allen 62 67 72 79 77
David Edwards 59 63 66 80 76
Jamil Demby 58 65 66 60 81
Chandler Brewer 57 63 61 71 80
Jeremiah Kolone 57 62 63 72 76
Aaron Neary 54 63 64 60 74
Vitas Hrynkiewicz 52 61 63 80 82
DE OVR SPD STR PMV FMV BSH
Aaron Donald 99 83 99 99 96 97
Michael Brockers 84 64 89 75 52 90
Morgan Fox 71 76 84 73 52 60
John Franklin-Myers 67 79 88 67 73 67
Tanzel Smart 64 67 82 62 75 62
Boogie Roberts 58 61 81 61 67 65
DT OVR SPD STR PMV FMV BSH
Greg Gaines 67 67 87 71 51 67
Sebastian Joseph-Day 63 73 81 64 45 70
OLB OVR SPD TAK PMV FMV BSH
Samson Ebukam 80 87 81 61 81 74
Clay Matthews 78 82 81 78 64 81
Dante Fowler Jr 77 85 82 73 82 61
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 68 82 79 67 75 64
Justin Lawler 65 73 79 73 65 76
Trevon Young 64 80 73 65 75 64
Josh Carraway 64 82 74 59 71 68
MLB OVR SPD TAK BSH MCV ZCV
Cory Littleton 75 83 83 70 63 70
Bryce Hager 66 84 82 61 59 74
Micah Kiser 65 84 80 79 63 68
Dakota Allen 61 80 80 69 49 55
Travin Howard 58 87 78 63 55 60
Ketner Kupp 57 82 78 63 52 57
CB OVR SPD MCV ZCV PRS
Aqib Talib 87 87 91 87 91
Nickell Robey-Coleman 84 89 82 86 78
Marcus Peters 82 90 83 76 79
Troy Hill 71 87 71 75 70
David Long 69 91 70 65 76
Donte Deayon 63 87 59 65 58
Kevin Peterson 61 86 66 63 65
Darious Williams 59 91 63 61 65
Ramon Richards 58 85 62 60 67
Dominique Hatfield 56 85 67 60 56
FS OVR SPD PRC ZCV TAK
Eric Weddle 83 85 85 80 75
Marqui Christian 64 88 59 64 70
Nick Scott 60 90 54 60 68
SS OVR SPD PRC ZCV TAK
John Johnson 85 85 86 87 77
Taylor Rapp 68 84 67 69 74
Steven Parker 59 86 49 66 72
K OVR KPW KAC
Greg Zuerlein 80 95 89
P OVR KPW KAC
Johnny Hekker 87 97 97

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The Rams roster is loaded with talent. Jared Goff (93 short accuracy, 89 throw power) is young and athletic, allowing you to develop his arm talent and use his feet to escape situations. His supporting cast is excellent and will aid that development too.

Todd Gurley (95 juke move, 94 carrying) has the highest OVR of any running back in the game and a long-term contract, while wide receivers Brandin Cooks (95 speed, 93 catching), Robert Woods (95 catching, 89 medium route), Cooper Kupp (94 agility, 87 medium route), and Josh Reynolds (88 jump, 87 spectacular catch) are all quality targets that offer something. Like Gurley, Cooks is tied down long-term too, meaning you have a trio to work with for a long time.

The Rams offensive line is anchored by exceptional left tackle Andrew Whitworth (94 pass block, 90 run block) and a solid right side of guard Austin Blythe (83 run block, 80 pass block) and Rob Havenstein (91 run block, 81 pass block). However, the left guard and center spots are problem areas that need to be fixed.

Defensively, the Rams have the best player in football Aaron Donald (99 power moves, 97 finesse moves) to lead the charge against opposing quarterbacks. Flanking him on the defensive line is the stout Michael Brockers (90 block shed, 88 tackle) while edge rushers Dante Fowler Jr (90 acceleration, 81 finesse moves) and Clay Matthews (90 hit power, 81 block shed) can pin the quarterback inside.

Cory Littleton (83 tackle, 81 pursuit) is a solid middle linebacker, while the cornerback pairing of Aqib Talib (91 man cover, 87 zone cover) and Nickell Robey-Coleman (86 zone cover, 82 man cover) can compete against top end receivers. Strong safety John Johnson (87 zone cover, 77 tackle) is a good player, and veteran free safety Eric Weddle (96 awareness, 80 zone cover) can still get the job done.

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Salary Cap

The Rams start franchise mode with 71 players on their preseason roster and just $19.2 million in cap space.

Cutting down to the 53-man roster will free up some more space and leave you with around $25 million, but that isn’t much flexibility to add anyone via trade, and while some of the top stars are tied into large contracts there are some key pieces that won’t be on the roster in season 2 unless you do something…

Impending Free Agents

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There are 26 players entering the final year of their contract when you start franchise mode. Some of those will be victims of the cut down to 53, but there are several that will be missed should they go.

Chief among them is left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who at 37 is almost a lock to retire no matter how many times you restart your franchise mode. Another player likely to retire is 33-year-old Aqib Talib. That is two starters at premium positions you will need to replace, but who else should you be working to try and keep hold of going into season 2?

Michael Brockers, Defensive End (84 OVR)

It can be tempting to go cheap on the defensive line because you already have Aaron Donald, but depth is very important here in Madden 20 as players tire more easily. If you can bring Brockers back on a sensible 2- or 3-year deal then you should do it, especially as your draft capital needs to be invested elsewhere. Brockers is a stout run defender (90 block shed, 89 strength) but they aren’t too difficult to find so if you think he is asking too much then you can roll the dice.

Marcus Peters, Cornerback (82 OVR)

A tough player to manage in real life, you thankfully only have to worry about his on-field play in Madden 20. Peters is a solid corner (83 man cover, 76 zone cover) that at 26 still has a few years of improvement in him. Finding a replacement for 1 starting corner will be tough enough, but trying to replace 2 in one off-season is madness.

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Austin Blythe, Right Guard (81 OVR)

Blythe is a solid starting guard and should be retained. His run block (83) and pass block (80) will improve if you invest some training time into the O-Line, and with holes at left tackle, left guard, and center to try and fill it would be foolish not to bring Blythe back for season 2 and beyond.

Greg Zuerlein, Kicker (80 OVR)

Kickers are pretty interchangeable in Madden, but Greg The Leg is something of a legend to Rams fans and with his exceptional kick power (95) he can be a weapon against top defences where moving the ball will be tough.

Roster Needs

We have already touched on some of these. The Rams biggest need is to replace their aging starters in key positions. A new left tackle and cornerback are priorities in your first draft and free agency, but what else?

Well interior offensive linemen will be a big boost. Anything you can do to make Todd Gurley more effective will pay huge dividends, and guards are pretty readily available.

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Clay Matthews is not a long-term pass rush solution, so another edge rusher would be good, as would an inside linebacker to partner Cory Littleton. Thankfully you should be using the MLB a lot so grabbing someone with a high OVR isn’t vital. Also a lot of sub-packages swap out a MLB for another safety, so consider getting one who can tackle and playing in more nickel formations.

If you are nitpiking the Rams offense could use a better tight end, but they can be pretty hard to find.

Most of that can wait until you have cornerback and left tackle fixed though. The Rams have the key spots of quarterback, running back, and pass rusher so there is no desperate need to go flying up the draft board.  

Toby Durant

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