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Madden 20 ratings: Which Raiders players are overrated, underrated

Madden 20 ratings: Which Raiders players are overrated, underrated

The Oakland Raiders were pretty awful in 2018, and the folks over at EA Sports apparently weren't asleep at the wheel.

The video game conglomerate recently released the rankings for every player in "Madden NFL 20," and the Raiders don't look great.

Three of the Raiders' five highest-rated players are new additions, with wide receiver Antonio Brown checking in at 98 overall as Oakland's highest-rated player. Center Rodney Hudson (93), safety Lamarcus Joyner (85), wide receiver Tyrell Williams (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (80) round out the top five.

As a team, the Raiders netted an overall team rating of 80, tied with the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at which members of the Silver and Black are overrated and which are underrated in the popular game. Why, you might ask? Because it's July. 

Underrated

Antonio Brown, WR (98): No, this isn't a joke. Yes, Brown is a 98 overall and is the second-highest rated receiver in the game behind the Houston Texans' Deandre Hopkins (99). Therein lies the gripe. Brown, for all his locker-room warts in Pittsburgh, has been the best receiver in the game over the last five seasons and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. He should have been a no-doubt member of the 99 Club along with Hopkins.

Johnathan Abram, Safety (69): While the Mississippi State product received nice rating, a first-round pick of Abram's quality deserved a little higher of a nod. Rookies in the secondary often struggle initially, but Abram has impressed early on in camp, and he likely will earn a starting spot alongside Karl Joseph (78 rating). I expect him to be one of the more impressive rookies this season.

Trent Brown, OT (78): If one of the Raiders' biggest offseason acquisitions only performs at a C-plus level, the Silver and Black will be in trouble. Brown had a decent year with the New England Patriots last season, but really came on in the playoffs, ranking second among the 24 offensive tackles who played at least 50 snaps by grabbing a 79.9 grade, per Pro Football Focus. If Brown performs at that level with the Raiders, his rating should improve as the updates trickle out.

Properly Rated

Derek Carr, QB (80): Carr might end up having a better year than his initial rating suggests, but based on his performance last season this seems like a fair place to put the Raiders' signal-caller. If there is a gripe, though, it's with some of the quarterbacks who are ranked ahead of or alongside him. Andy Dalton (80), Dak Prescott (81), Kirk Cousins (81) and Jared Goff (83) all are rated the same or higher than Carr. While Goff had a great 2018, it's hard to say he's a better overall quarterback than Carr, and with the offensive weapons the Raiders brought in during the offseason, Carr should enjoy a much better statistical season than he did a year ago.

Clelin Ferrell, DE (74): The No. 4 overall pick gets the "reach" rating, accumulating a ranking much lower than normally associated with his draft position. The Clemson product had a productive college career, but he'll have to prove he's an every-down edge rusher in order to rise to meet the rest of the rookie class edge rushers (Josh Allen (77), Nick Bosa (78) and Ed Oliver (79)).

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Overrated

Doug Martin, RB (78): After rushing for just 723 yards and four scores last season for the Raiders, this is way too high for a running back who is transitioning from muscle hamster to mentor in the twilight of his career. Expect rookie running back Josh Jacobs (74) to get the lion's share of the carries this season while Martin helps him adjust to life in the NFL. Mentor rating: 99. Actual running back rating: somewhere in the low 70s.

Richie Incognito, LG (76): He didn't play last season and will miss the first two games. He probably deserves to be rated in the low 70s until he proves he still can be a valuable NFL offensive lineman.

Raiders' Antonio Brown dances with students at De La Salle football game

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Raiders' Antonio Brown dances with students at De La Salle football game

It’s like trying to find the elusive Waldo from the “Where’s Waldo” book series.

One day Antonio Brown is at practice, wearing an approved helmet and smiling with teammates. Another day, he’s off fighting the NFL trying to receive a grievance allowing to wear the same helmet he's had for the past decade.

Friday night, however, AB was in Concord checking out the nationally ranked football matchup between Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School and De La Salle High School.

Brown is from the South Florida area, but did not play at the highly-regarded St. Thomas Aquinas program.

The Raiders won their third preseason game Thursday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada against the Packers, although the All-Pro receiver did not suit up.

He even jumped in on the ESPNU broadcast of the high school game, answering some questions as the first half wound down.

The man knows how to find attention, as he has been far and away the biggest storyline throughout training camp with the Silver and Black. To add to the drama, HBO’s “Hard Knocks” crew has been following AB everywhere and capturing every moment. 

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Raiders fans will have to wait to see No. 84 in uniform, as he will almost certainly be held out of the team’s final preseason game next week in Seattle.

Onion's Derek Carr-Antonio Brown 'article' hilariously addresses Raiders drama

Onion's Derek Carr-Antonio Brown 'article' hilariously addresses Raiders drama

The Raiders have been nothing short of a headline for "The Onion" before the regular season has even started.

Frost-bitten feet in France? Check. Refusing to wear a helmet? Check. Being sued by a chef? Check. 

All three stories have revolved around one player, too: Antonio Brown.

Now AB and his quarterback, Derek Carr, are being made into stories for the satirical website. Here's the headline: Derek Carr Distraught After Reading ‘Hard Knocks’ Script Where He Stabs Antonio Brown In Season Finale.

And here's a snippet of what the site wrote with a fake Carr quote': “I know the showrunners have been setting up AB’s downfall, but it is still hard to know that I’m going to drive a knife right into his heart,” said Carr, tearfully recalling his role as one of Brown’s biggest supporters in the locker room before his inevitable betrayal of the increasingly unhinged wide receiver."

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It's hard to tell fiction from reality sometimes with this team. In this case, yes, it's satire. 

We can all use a good laugh here and there, because, hey who knows what Brown will do next.