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Myles Garrett appreciates rare honor from ‘Madden’ video game

Myles Garrett smiles

Myles Garrett has received a nice honor from the “Madden” NFL video game.

The Cleveland Browns defensive lineman was upgraded this week to a 99 rating — the highest rating a player can receive from the game.

Garrett is the first player in franchise history to earn a “99” rating from the video game. He was pretty pleased to receive the rating.

Players do not receive 99 ratings very often. They are reserved for a limited amount of players — the best standouts in the league.

“The Madden NFL 99 Club is a prestigious fraternity, reserved only for the most elite players in the NFL. A 99 OVR is considered the Madden Ratings summit; it’s the highest rating a player can achieve in the game,” Madden’s website says.

Garrett, 25, has 45 tackles and 15 sacks in 13 games this season. When they’re not costing themselves credibility with their embarrassing political activism, EA Sports’ Madden ratings are often indicative of a player’s standing in the NFL. In this case, Garrett has earned his rating through his stellar play this season.

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Tom Brady recruits old teammates in funny ‘Madden’ commercial

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady has been able to recruit multiple players to play with him over the course of his career, but even the GOAT has his limits.

Brady starred in a funny commercial for “Madden NFL 22” that was released on Tuesday. In it, the seven-time Super Bowl champion calls former teammates Julian Edelman, Mike Vrabel, Randy Moss and Chad Johnson to try to lure them out of retirement or whatever else they’re doing. He didn’t have any luck, so he decided to strap on a headset and play “Madden” online instead.

The ad was pretty clever. Brady, who is 44, has played for so long that he has countless former teammates to recruit, but most of them retired long ago. Brady, on the other hand, recently explained why he feels better physically now than he did more than a decade ago.

Cover athletes for newest ‘Madden’ video game revealed

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

EA Sports has the difficult task every year of choosing an NFL star to grace the cover of its latest edition of “Madden,” so the video game developer chose more than one this time.

Both Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have landed on the cover of “Madden 22,” which will be released on Aug. 20. EA Sports released the cover and a hype video for the game on Thursday.

Brady, of course, got the best of Mahomes in Super Bowl LV four months ago.

Both Brady and Mahomes have appeared on the cover of ‘Madden’ individually, and Brady reassured Mahomes two years ago that he should not be concerned about the infamous “Madden Curse.” For a while, it seemed like any athlete who appeared on the cover of “Madden” was guaranteed to suffer a significant injury. That trend has fortunately faded in recent years.

Keenan Allen doesn’t play ‘trash’ Madden anymore

Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen was openly furious with his ratings in last year’s installment of the “Madden” video game series, and apparently the Los Angeles Chargers star has stuck to his promise to boycott the game.

Allen was asked by a reporter on Monday if he is any happier with his ratings in “Madden NFL 21” than he was with those in “Madden NFL 20.” The Pro Bowl wide receiver claimed he doesn’t know what his ratings are this year because he doesn’t play the game anymore.

“I don’t even know what (my ratings) are. I don’t play Madden,” Allen said. “I played it last year. I don’t play it this year. I really don’t play that game, not because I was mad. That game’s trash, actually.”

Most people will find that hard to believe. Allen obviously played “Madden” last year. It would be a heck of a coincidence if he just decided the game is now “trash” after ranting about his ratings.

Allen said last year that he will no longer be playing Madden because his ratings were disrespectful. He broke down his specific issues with the ratings in a video you can see here.

For what it’s worth, the creators of “Madden” showed Allen more respect this year. He was angry that his overall rating was an 89 last year, but he is a 92 in the new game. Allen also mentioned that his medium route-running rating was an 88, but it is a 94 now. Apparently the boosts weren’t enough to get him interested in playing again.

Colin Kaepernick returns to Madden as highest-rated free agent QB

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is unlikely to wind up on an NFL roster for a fourth consecutive season in 2020, but gamers will still be able to play as the quarterback in the latest installment of the “Madden” series.

EA Sports announced on Tuesday that Kaepernick is being included in “Madden 21.” The company issued a statement calling Kaepernick “one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback.”

Kaepernick is rated as an 81 in the game, which makes him the top available free agent quarterback. Gamers can assign him to a roster through certain game modes.

The news of Kaepernick’s inclusion in “Madden” comes a day after a report that he has drawn no interest from NFL teams this offseason. There were rumblings that he might be close to signing somewhere a few months back, but apparently that was never the case.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016. Though he had some interest from teams, he did not sign with any clubs and ended up suing the league for alleged collusion. That lawsuit was settled in February 2019.

Kyler Murray found his Madden rating ‘disrespectful’

Kyler Murray

Every year, there are a few NFL players who aren’t happy about their rating in EA’s annual “Madden” release and aren’t afraid to say so. This year, Kyler Murray is one of them.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback was rated a 77 overall in “Madden 21.” If that seems low to you, you’re not alone. Murray himself said on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday that he found it a little “disrespectful” and had to censor himself on the air to keep from airing his true thoughts.

Murray notes that’s the same rating he finished the 2019 season with. It was a season that saw him throw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Those are really good numbers for a rookie quarterback, and Murray is confident he’ll be even better in 2020.

“Madden” updates its ratings during the season based on how players perform on the field. If Murray is as good as he thinks he is, that overall will go up during the season. That said, other players think they’re underrated in “Madden” even with the in-season updates, so it might not be enough to placate Murray.

Lamar Jackson will be on new ‘Madden’ cover, is not afraid of curse

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has agreed to be featured on the cover of the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series, which has naturally led to many Baltimore Ravens fans panicking about the infamous curse. Jackson said he isn’t concerned about that, especially after what happened last year.

Jackson revealed on Tuesday that he will be on the cover of “Madden 21,” which of course led to a discussion about the Madden curse. The reigning NFL MVP pointed to the fact that Patrick Mahomes was one the cover of the game last year and went on to be named Super Bowl MVP.

Mahomes did suffer multiple injuries last season, one of which initially looked devastating but turned out to be less severe than expected. Other “Madden” cover athletes have suffered season-ending injuries, so the results for Mahomes were certainly a lot better than some of his predecessors.

If Jackson does suffer a significant injury in 2020, it will likely be because of his style of play rather than his presence on a video game cover. NFL fans are all hoping that doesn’t happen.

NFL2K as we know it not making comeback despite new deal

Football and video game fans received some exciting news on Tuesday when 2K Games announced a multi-year partnership with the NFL, but that does not mean “NFL2K” is making a comeback.

The press release stated that the renewed partnership between NFL and 2K Games will encompass multiple future video games, but the part of the announcement that many have overlooked is that the games will be “non-simulation football game experiences.”

“We’re thrilled to be back in business with the NFL in a partnership that will span multiple video games centered on fun, approachable and social experiences,” 2K president David Ismailer said. “It’s exciting to bring together 2K’s expertise in creating award-winning sports games with the NFL’s renowned status as a world-class entertainment and sports organization.”

The last simulation football game 2K Games released was the popular “ESPN NFL 2K5” back in 2004. While many fans were quick to conclude that Tuesday’s announcement meant a similar game will be hitting the shelves again at some point in 2021, that is not the case. EA Sports, which produces “Madden,” issued a press release of its own reminding fans and gamers that it remains the “only exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games.”

“Our agreements have always allowed for non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms,” the release said. “Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we’re having our biggest year yet.”

That doesn’t mean there won’t be some quality NFL-related games coming out. The new deal between the NFL and 2K Games could result in the comeback of arcade-style games similar to “NFL Blitz,” which was widely popular but has not produced a new title since 2012. But if you only like games that are as close as possible to the real thing, “Madden” will still be your jam.

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.