EA Sports' Madden NFL 13 is set to be released on August 28th, and EA Sports has been releasing their positional rankings to the world.
Yesterday, they released their entire list of running back rankings, and the Bengals' expected starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis was ranked as the 29th best all-around running back.
We've long held the position that BenJarvus Green-Ellis isn't a supremely talented running back, but rather a pro's pro (as Bengals' radio broadcaster Dave Lapham would say), and presents an upgrade from Cedric Benson in a slew of different categories, though it is very debatable.
Green-Ellis ranked as the 29th best running back in Madden NFL 13 only further supports that 'pro's pro' argument. He's a great locker room guy, a hard worker, and on the field, a grinder who won't fumble the football and has a nose for the endzone.
Green-Ellis is expected to be in part of a rotation with longtime backup Bernard Scott this year, though offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has hinted that he won't anchor to that rotation concept if one of the backs is shining. Brian Leonard is expected to retain the third down role, while Cedric Peerman, 2012 6th rounder Daniel Herron, and free agent signing Aaron Brown are fighting it out for that fourth spot.
Peerman has held that role for the past two seasons, and has shown value on special teams as a great tackler and blocker. Herron hasn't been able to show his stuff yet, thanks to a foot injury in the offseason, and a hamstring injury during camp. He is expected to return very soon. Aaron Brown has showed great outside speed during training camp has made more long runs than anyone.
With Scott out for the preseason, it will be a great opportunity for Peerman, Herron, Brown, and maybe even RB/FB Jourdan Brooks to shine.
In the meantime though, here are every Bengals' running back's Madden rankings, in two nice little charts. These numbers do a very good job of explaining what type of players and runners they are. However, the Madden folk are always off on a few things. They didn't even include Jourdan Brooks in their rankings.
They shorted Cedric Peerman in many categories, and were way too low on BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a receiver and blocker. They also oversell Aaron Brown's abilities and elusiveness. There's plenty of things to nitpick though, it's up for debate!
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