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Official Madden Roster Update FAQ

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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
    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk

    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.
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