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Official Madden Roster Update FAQ

After every official Madden roster update, we see the same questions pop up. So we decided to setup this FAQ, with the help of Madden Assistant Producer Equipment Guru, the man in charge of the official Madden roster updates.

This official Madden roster update FAQ will get updated as needed. If you have a question that isn’t on the list, please DM me and I’ll try to get the answer and update the post. He will not answer any roster questions that deal specifically with CFM, so please keep that in mind.

Why isn’t (insert player name) in the game yet?

Players must be approved by the NFLPA before they can be added to a roster update. Then the player needs to be created from scratch, along with getting the ratings, salary, etc. correct.

Why did (insert player name) have a great week, but go down?

While (insert player name) may have had a good game in one area, he may have struggled in another area that weighs heavily on the overall player rating.

Why did individual ratings go down, but the overall player rating stayed the same?

Overall ratings are calculated based off many individual player ratings, they are not manually set.

Will more Practice Squad players be added such as players like Marcus Kemp of Chiefs?

That is the plan this year.

How long does it take to make a roster update and is it a different process both systems?

Nothing different per console, but it takes 3 to 4 days. Sometimes some extra time is needed and the roster releases on Friday (for example, week 1).

Will you be releasing a spreadsheet of weekly changes?

Those spreadsheets are not handled by me, it’s up to EA to release them or check the ratings hub.

Why were practice players deleted from the roster in this week’s update?

Looks like it was a bug created from a Live Seasons change that was asked for. It should be fixed this week. Practice squad won’t be available in Play Now or Online, which is fair and realistic, since they aren’t on the 53. If you want practice squads, please use Live Seasons.

What tools do you use to determine the weekly player adjustment changes? 

Game film, highlights, watching the games every week and a handful of websites.

How many people work on the weekly update?

It’s a 1 man team.

Are you open for suggestions from the community on equipment edits?

Always. Mostly via Twitter. Just know that I’ll need images of recent accessory updates. Consistency is key, not just a one week on, one week off type of thing.

What are you using for depth chart assignments?

Game film.

Why are some injury lengths much longer than what is expected?

I place a week length, but CFM throws a variable on top of it, based on toughness and injury rating.

Why are some injuries very different than what occurred? (I understand concussions and suspensions can’t be listed but players with a broken hand might have a broken foot listed instead.)

There are only so many season ending injuries at my disposal. I can’t place a guy on IR unless the injury is season ending. Injuries still need more love, we don’t have a broken hand season ending injury, so it is placed as broken foot.

Will you be releasing an injury free roster, or do we have to wait until the end of the season, per usual?

End of the year, as usual.

Is there anything you can do with the roster to stop some of the top incoming rookies from being released in the preseason of week one in CFM.

That is a CFM issue, not roster related.

Is there a list of how each individual attribute correlates in game?

It is something Rex is working on.

Will more portraits be added to players without one?

If a player is added and has a portrait, it is because he was at the combine. Otherwise, it would have to be patched in and those resources are now working on Madden 19.

Why has there been so few create a player slots available on the default roster then there has been in past years?

We have one spot open per team to fill up the teams as much as we can.

Will there be a mass ratings adjustment made at the mid-season or end of season mark that reflects what has happened in the league up to that point versus the weekly updates?

Quarterly or mid-season.

Will the skin color for Rex Burkhead and Will Compton get updated?

Yes, it’s coming in the next patch. They both will have face scans.

Will Colin Kaepernick get his tattoos back?

He will in the next patch.

Will Julius Peppers facemask glitch get fixed?

It’s fixed in the upcoming patch.

Why are free agents like Johnny Manziel and Darrelle Revis gone?

We don’t have rights to Johnny Football, but Revis is on the list of free agents.

Will draft pick trades be included in roster updates?

They are only included in Live Seasons.

Will we need to restart our franchise on the Rex Burkhead and Will Compton patch?

Nope, it will be fixed everywhere.

Why are some players who are practice squad eligible in NFL, not eligible in the game like Kadeem Edwards, Richard Ash & others on Cowboys?

Those are Madden practice squad rules. They don’t have them exactly like the NFL, since there are so many stipulations.

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  1. Thanks Steve this great! Thanks for all the hard work! My only question is do you know for some of these fixes like Rex Burkhead for example will it require a restart of your online franchise?
    Thanks!
    I appreciate all the hardwork. One question would be, why can't we actually have Realistic Active Rosters prior to games? In NFL they can only have 46 guys active on Gameday. Thus putting in strategy on how many players suit up per position. Is it possible to have to have default set ups, like having more Db's than Wr's? Or More RB's than LB's? This ability would help bring another side of strategy this game needs. Tired of seeing people put all their lineman as TE's and TE's in WR Slots so they can run stretch all game
    niftyjets
    My only question is do you know for some of these fixes like Rex Burkhead for example will it require a restart of your online franchise?

    ...or offline franchise?
    When Steve says "Live Seasons" update, what, exactly is he referring to? Can that work for a new off-line franchise roster? How would I get it?
    Much appreciated interview. Really shined a light on some further issues with cfm as far as injuries and high draft picks being cut. Really hope they put legitimate effort into cfm next year...
    stinkm
    When Steve says "Live Seasons" update, what, exactly is he referring to? Can that work for a new off-line franchise roster? How would I get it?

    Not sure but I believe he's talking about the play now live where u can play season without going into cfm.
    I personally have had multiple interactions with Kane that have led to positive changes in the game. He does a great job listening and implementing changes for the benefit of the game and the community.
    The one man team thing explains why there's always issues that fans have with the updates lol it's strictly one person's opinions and decisions
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    Zack317
    The one man team thing explains why there's always issues that fans have with the updates lol it's strictly one person's opinions and decisions
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    It has to be one person doing ratings or the scales would be off. You would have one person that believes anyone that runs a 4.4 forty or faster deserves a minimum 93 speed while another person thinks it should be a 90 speed and then a different person thinks it should be a 88 speed. No matter what, one person would have to have final say to end the arguments so there really isn't much reason to have multiple people doing ratings.
    Speed (40 times) is an attribute that is fairly concrete, meaning that if they agreed on a scale, ratings would be pretty standard. Now what happens when you get into the purely subjective attributes? They don't have players doing multiple spin moves at the combine, there isn't an Ivan Drago like test to detect pressure per square inch to determine Hit Power. It's always going to come down to a subjective opinion.
    It's not like he can put any ratings he wants into the game. He has bosses just like everyone else. He can't just give Tom Brady 99 speed without the higher ups telling him to change it. While only one person might be doing the ratings, I think it's safe to assume that there is some sort of approval process as well.
    YMFredo
    I thought that Roster Updates would carry over into our CFMs, but am I wrong?

    Roster updates have never carried over to cfm....if u want the new one u have start over.
    Not sure if many noticed, but Joe Mixon plays for the Cardinals in the recent update... I played the Play Now game as the Eagles and notice a J. Mixon running the ball and sure enough it was Joe Mixon from Oklahoma.
    I'm really wondering what the logic was behind making Patrick Chung a CB with low 80s man and zone and making Devin McCourty a SS with mid 60s man and a 70 zone. Chung is a run stuffing box safety who is, at best, mediocre in coverage. McCourty is a deep mid safety who is excellent in coverage both man and zone and can even spot play at CB. The decision to put them where they are and rate them that way is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen in a roster update.
    Mr. Face
    Chung is a run stuffing box safety who is, at best, mediocre in coverage.

    What? Chung is one of the best safeties in the league against TEs. He was rated 1st or 2nd against TEs last season, and has been great in that role for the last 3 seasons. He has shut down numerous elite TEs over that period.
    DuceGotTheJuice
    Why sam Beal not in the game yet?? He a CB for the giants

    True, but he's also not going to be playing in the 2018-19 season while he's on I.R. I'm sure he'll be on the next roster update from EA.
    retrie
    Balt C Alex thompson
    GB LB Paris Bennett
    NE LB David Harris
    RB Demarco Murray
    dt Roy Millier 3
    CLE OT Donald Stephenson or as chiefs and broncos fans know the human turnstile
    LB Josaua perry
    CFL
    CB D Breux
    CB A coffil
    LB Adam bighill
    Dear Madden: thank you for tonight's roster update. Much better! Still some depth chart issues and missing players (also players that announced their retirement are still in free agency) but a huge improvement. AND YOU FINALLY MOVED MINKAH BACK TO FS! :59::59:
    Anyway, I had to give credit where it's due. Cheers.
    will there ever be a ea game face in madden?
    Are there any hopes we will see superstar mode return?  If so/not I have a suggestion that ell have microtransactions for superstar mode.
    briz1046
    He is , in the latest update in FA , jets roster is maxed out

    No wonder I couldn't find him. EA gave him a 61, with only 89 speed and 60 strength. Da funk? Dude runs a 4.3 40, deadlifts 600, and squats 450. He's a freak. What a joke.
    Landonio
    No wonder I couldn't find him. EA gave him a 61, with only 89 speed and 60 strength. Da funk? Dude runs a 4.3 40, deadlifts 600, and squats 450. He's a freak. What a joke.

    His 40 times according to Nfl.com when he ran for nfl teams before the supp draft were actually 4.45 and 4.52 , with a 34 vertical and he elected not to bench press , they obviously weren't as impressed as you because he wasn't selected
    Not saying you're wrong but that would explain his low rating in Madden , I'm sure if he turns out to be a gem his ratings will improve
    maddog00003
    Would love if there could be an option for roster updates to be inserted into an existing franchise so I don’t feel my franchise is outdated every 2 weeks

    This would cause problems later on in franchise though. After year 1 it would be hard coding to stop it from updating (I assume) and if trades etc go down in year 1 then these would be reset as well
    maddog00003
    Would love if there could be an option for roster updates to be inserted into an existing franchise so I don’t feel my franchise is outdated every 2 weeks

    You would have to manually edit all the teams in your franchise to match the real life teams including injuries if you want to play along in real time.
    Too much of a hassle.
    I would just wait till the final rosters come out just before the regular season and start a new franchise and do a fantasy draft and just build from scratch.
    crockett2314
    Do we have an understanding as to why Adrian Peterson isn't in the game this year? Did he not give EA rights to a likeness or what?

    I imagine he'll be in the next roster update, but one way or the other - EA has a massive update to do. Never ending transactions and depth chart adjustments since their last update. The rate they're going though, they're likely gonna keep relevant players missing from the free agency list though. I wonder if this is done intentionally :y11: so custom roster makers slow their role a little bit forcing people to rely on EA's updates instead.
    Not being a conspiracy theorist or anything.
    Where can I find a list of all the changes in the roster from week to week.
    For example. I'm looking for something that list all new players added to the rosters and also shows the changes made to existing players.
    Thanks
    My apologies if this is not the right thread to ask but does anyone know why Buffalo Bills WR Brandon Reilly has not appeared in Madden 18 and 19? He was in the 53 man roster at the end of last season.
    My only guess is he is not part of the NFLPA?
    ICE_790120q
    My apologies if this is not the right thread to ask but does anyone know why Buffalo Bills WR Brandon Reilly has not appeared in Madden 18 and 19? He was in the 53 man roster at the end of last season.
    My only guess is he is not part of the NFLPA?

    He is in the current roster
    Each team has a limit of 74 players ( 75 minus a free spot presumably to allow users to play as a player on any team ) and all are maxed out. As a lower rated player at a position the bills have many players at , 10 wrs on the most recent, he's been put in FA
    briz1046
    He is in the current roster
    Each team has a limit of 74 players ( 75 minus a free spot presumably to allow users to play as a player on any team ) and all are maxed out. As a lower rated player at a position the bills have many players at , 10 wrs on the most recent, he's been put in FA

    Thanks!! Since I haven't seen him in a while I was not bothering to look into the FA pool.
    djp73
    any news on the update? today maybe?

    EA released a roster update yesterday. I know they added a couple players like Keontae Davis. And of course several more players officially added to the I.R. list. However I don't think there's anything major ratings or roster craziness included with it.
    briz1046
    Why were all the PS guys removed from the main menu rosters in this update ? Terrible decision in my opinion

    depending on the console you use, you're better off a majority of the time finding a roster editor who's reliable because of these issues that come with official updates.
    djp73
    so it's the official 53 man opening day rosters then?

    I guess. However it appears as if several practice squad players were removed from the core roster.
    Strange thing is go to preseason when starting a franchise and they are there in free agency.

    When you load the "pre-season" roster in CFM, it always loads the launch day roster but it's not necessarily the most recent roster. You have to load the roster you want to use in CFM first, and then "Use Active" roster or whatever the prompt is when starting franchise.
    Looks like EA added back the practice squad guys. I had anothwr rostwr update available last night and now the practice squad rookies are back in FA.
    kchap89
    Looks like EA added back the practice squad guys. I had anothwr rostwr update available last night and now the practice squad rookies are back in FA.
    Does anyone know if they are planning to add the practice squad players back to their teams roster??
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    mattdorris
    Does anyone know if they are planning to add the practice squad players back to their teams roster??
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    I think the only way to get the practice squads correct is to start your franchise via play now live , or use a custom roster from Madden share where somebody has done it for you
    briz1046
    I think the only way to get the practice squads correct is to start your franchise via play now live , or use a custom roster from Madden share where somebody has done it for you
    I'm hoping that will be fixed on next roster update. If not, that's terrible
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    SO please help me understand. The latest offical roster has a bunch of players that were cut after preseason in the free agents pool. I can see Devon Cajuste who was a TE for Browns in the free agents. When I start a CFM offline and choose to start at week 1 instead of preseason (to avoid CPU teams making weird moves) I find the free agent pool is missing most of the players that i would want to go grab to put on my practice squad. What am I missing? What is the best practice to try to get these "free agents" to stick around? I am confused. Sorry if this is a dumb question but I am ready to finally start my Browns CFM and want it to be as accurate as possible.
    icicle22
    SO please help me understand. The latest offical roster has a bunch of players that were cut after preseason in the free agents pool. I can see Devon Cajuste who was a TE for Browns in the free agents. When I start a CFM offline and choose to start at week 1 instead of preseason (to avoid CPU teams making weird moves) I find the free agent pool is missing most of the players that i would want to go grab to put on my practice squad. What am I missing? What is the best practice to try to get these "free agents" to stick around? I am confused. Sorry if this is a dumb question but I am ready to finally start my Browns CFM and want it to be as accurate as possible.
    If you start in week 1 of regular season tge cpu still makes moves, signs free agents and makes cuts.
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    ARA28
    If you start in week 1 of regular season tge cpu still makes moves, signs free agents and makes cuts.
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    OK. But where do all the unsigned players go? Cajuste was missing and didn't appear to be on any team now. I thought Madden did some odd stuff and just remove players completely if you aren't careful.
    So i'd have to edit the roster and sign all the free agents to "every team", play the preseason and don't cut any one for "every team", then when the final cuts are needed I'd have to assign these extra players to the practice squad for "every team"? Is that right? Seems like a ton of work.
    When I started my Browns CFM and skipped to week one my practice squad was populated by a bunch of unfamiliar people....seemed like created players primarily. Maybe this will be a non issue but I was hoping to have some real players that I could call up in the event of an injury.
    icicle22
    OK. But where do all the unsigned players go? Cajuste was missing and didn't appear to be on any team now. I thought Madden did some odd stuff and just remove players completely if you aren't careful.
    So i'd have to edit the roster and sign all the free agents to "every team", play the preseason and don't cut any one for "every team", then when the final cuts are needed I'd have to assign these extra players to the practice squad for "every team"? Is that right? Seems like a ton of work.
    When I started my Browns CFM and skipped to week one my practice squad was populated by a bunch of unfamiliar people....seemed like created players primarily. Maybe this will be a non issue but I was hoping to have some real players that I could call up in the event of an injury.
    Some free agents thay are not signed dissappear, the highly rated guys were probably signed by the cpu...yes you would have to control all teams and sign the practice squad players in week 4 of the preseason and do the cuts for every team manually, depending on how accurate you want it.
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    ARA28
    Some free agents thay are not signed dissappear, the highly rated guys were probably signed by the cpu...yes you would have to control all teams and sign the practice squad players in week 4 of the preseason and do the cuts for every team manually, depending on how accurate you want it.
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    Thanks. So I notice Dez Bryant disappeared and I do not see him on any team or practive squad. Is this kind of thing normal? I searched under rosters/all nfl/ sort alphabetical and I can't find him and I cannot find him in any free agents pool.
    icicle22
    Thanks. So I notice Dez Bryant disappeared and I do not see him on any team or practive squad. Is this kind of thing normal? I searched under rosters/all nfl/ sort alphabetical and I can't find him and I cannot find him in any free agents pool.
    He is always signed in every test cfm i have done, but I have heard others say he has dissapeared in their's...
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    icicle22
    Thanks. So I notice Dez Bryant disappeared and I do not see him on any team or practive squad. Is this kind of thing normal? I searched under rosters/all nfl/ sort alphabetical and I can't find him and I cannot find him in any free agents pool.

    u need to edit the FA u want to 25 to under and when the season starts edit back
    Why is EA Madden team having such a hard time with rosters??
    After today's roster update, the practice squad players are still not on their teams and are free agents.
    I decided in order to finally start my franchise at preseason week 1 with current rosters (and practice squad players) like I have always done, I would just start signed each free agent PS player to their individual teams in the main menu.
    Now I am running into an issue where some PS players who are on PS's in the week 2 CFM roster aren't in the main menu free agent list (Bills WR Robert Foster) and when I try to sign players to some teams, it won't let me add them because it puts the team over the cap (chargers- Cardale Jones) Why is there a salary cap in the main menu roster? Especially one that limits you from adding PS players to their true teams?
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    Did someone started a franchise with week 1 or 2 rosters and can take a look at Mack's snaps as LOLB for the Bears pls?
    Cause played a play now game with the Bears at launch and remember that they didnt use the LOLB as often as the ROLB for example :y11:
    jerwoods
    u need to edit the FA u want to 25 to under and when the season starts edit back

    How do I edit FAs? I don’t see the option.
    So if I edit the age of Dez, Maclin, anyone else who disappears they won’t disappear anymore?
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    Sorry if this has already been posted but the official opening day rosters seem to not take into account suspended players on the injured list. Any fix for this?
    dwc929
    Sorry if this has already been posted but the official opening day rosters seem to not take into account suspended players on the injured list. Any fix for this?

    They never have and never will.
    You have to move them off depth charts.
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