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Monday, February 17, 2020

Articles tagged: Madden Football

Lamar Jackson still not satisfied with Madden speed rating after it was raised

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson continued to show off his blazing speed when he rushed for 95 yards in Monday night’s blowout win over the Los Angeles Rams, and the performance was enough to inspire “Madden” to raise his speed rating. The Baltimore Ravens star doesn’t believe it was increased enough, however.

Jackson’s overall speed rating in “Madden” was raised to a 96 this week, which is the highest speed rating a quarterback has ever had in the game’s history. The previous record holder, Michael Vick, passed the torch to Jackson and showed off a pair of custom cleats that EA Sports and Nike made for the NFL MVP favorite.

We’re sure Jackson is flattered, but he thinks he’s even faster than a 96. When asked about the rating boost on Wednesday, the quarterback had a great response.

Of course, speed doesn’t tell the entire story. If you saw the ridiculous spin move Jackson unleashed during a game earlier this month, you’re probably wondering how he is anything less than a 99 for agility, too. We’re guessing those ratings will keep going up across the board if Jackson continues to make all of his opponents look silly.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen complains about his Madden rating

Keenan Allen

The player ratings for the video game “Madden NFL 20” were released on Monday, and let’s just say several athletes were not pleased with their markings.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was among those protesting his rating. Take a look at this video where he cites everything wrong with the numbers he received:

All that is leading Allen to boycott the video game.

Allen has put up two pretty excellent seasons for the Chargers in a row. He had 97 catches for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns last season. The year before he had 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. Maybe he’s not getting the Madden respect he feels he deserves, but fans know how good he is.

Patrick Mahomes’ no-look pass included in ‘Madden 20’

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes was an easy choice for the cover of the latest installment of the Madden video game series, and the creators have incorporated one of the reigning MVP’s signature moves.

Madden 20 is set to be released next month, and a snippet from the game that was released shows Mahomes pulling off a no-look pass.

Mahomes, of course, somehow completed a no-look pass during a game late last season. The play looked like it came out of a video game, so it’s appropriate that it has made its way into Madden.

Tom Brady tells Patrick Mahomes not to worry about ‘Madden curse’

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes was revealed on Thursday to be the cover athlete for the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series, and superstitious fans are naturally freaking out about the potential of the MVP quarterback falling victim to the infamous Madden curse. As someone who got the best of the hex, Tom Brady does not think Mahomes should worry.

Brady graced the cover of Madden 18, which was released in advance of the 2017 NFL season. He threw for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions that year, and he won the NFL MVP award. The New England Patriots also reached the Super Bowl.

When Barstool Sports said Chiefs fans should be worried about Mahomes getting the Madden cover, Brady reassured them that it’s all good.

The year before Brady was on the Madden cover, his former teammate Rob Gronkowski was given the honor. While Gronk suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, he did appear in only eight games the year he was on the Madden cover. Either way, Brady made it clear when he got the cover that he wasn’t afraid of the curse, and he doesn’t think Mahomes or Chiefs fans should be, either.

Tom Brady passes ‘Madden’ torch to Antonio Brown in funny video

Madden 19

The latest installment of the long-running “Madden NFL” video game came out back in August, but Tom Brady has not been able to bring himself to play the newest edition instead of the one he fortunate enough to grace the cover of last year. On Monday, he finally decided to move on.

In a funny video he shared on Instagram, Brady passed the torch to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is the cover athlete for “Madden NFL 19.”

Brady playing Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You” in the background was a great touch. Between that video and the joke he cracked about Rob Gronkowski after Sunday’s thrilling victory, No. 12 is on a bit of a social media hot streak.

EA apologizes for Colin Kaepernick edit in ‘Madden 19’

Colin Kaepernick

EA Sports apologized on Thursday over a Colin Kaepernick-related edit that appeared in their “Madden 19” video game.

Rapper Big Sean caused a controversy when he tweeted Thursday that EA had removed Kaepernick’s name from a verse on a track he recorded for the game.

After the story went viral, the video game company issued a statement about the matter in which they said they made a mistake and vowed to fix it.

“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks.

“We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”

Their statement won’t change the minds of those who believe the edit was made due to Kaepernick’s political agenda, but at least all can acknowledge that EA is working quickly to fix the issue.

Cowboys lineman is not happy with how he looks in Madden

Tyrone Crawford

Normally when an athlete is upset about their video game counterpart, it’s because they think their rating is unfair. That’s not the case with Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford.

Crawford was not pleased with Madden 19’s portrayal of him — particularly his gut — and made quite clear on Twitter that this would not do.

To be fair, judging by the photo, Crawford has a point. Clearly, the Madden developers agreed.

Crawford can take solace in the fact that, no matter how badly he was portrayed here, they still did a better job than the makers of this video game did.