The Caw: Lamar Jackson Reacts to His Low Madden Rating

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Perhaps it’s by design, but EA Sports sure kicked up some dust with its player ratings in “Madden NFL 20,” with players and fans across the league voicing their displeasure.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson certainly could have some beef considering he only got a 76-overall rating, which is tied for 24th among NFL quarterbacks.

Before throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday night’s Baltimore Orioles game, Jackson was asked for his take on his “Madden” ratings.

“I can’t feel no way. I don’t make ‘Madden.’ It’s them,” Jackson said. “I feel like our team [ratings], they disappointed me. But it’s all good, we’re going to show them when the season comes.”

EA Sports made Jackson the fastest quarterback in the game (duh) by a wide margin with a 94 speed rating. He’s also the most elusive quarterback with an 85 rating.

However, that means Jackson’s throwing rating was low, dragging down his overall rating. Jackson’s mid-range accuracy rating (78) ranks him 40th in the league and his deep passing accuracy (78) is 41st, meaning EA Sports has backup quarterbacks with better marks. He has an 83 rating on short throws.

The makers also gave Jackson a 61 strength rating. There are 59 quarterbacks with higher strength ratings than Jackson. He didn’t seem too pleased with that, just like Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen.

A couple Ravens did get some love from EA Sports.

First-round wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the fastest rookie and tied for the second-fastest player in the game with a 97 speed rating. Only Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill (99) is faster. Safety Earl Thomas III is the highest-rated safety (95).

“Yeah, man, we look stacked,” Jackson said with a chuckle.

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