How Tom Brady stacks up against other QBs in Madden NFL 21 ratings

How Tom Brady stacks up against other QBs in Madden NFL 21 ratings

Is Tom Brady still a top-five NFL quarterback?

EA Sports' "Madden NFL 21" says he is, but just barely. The popular football video game franchise released its overall ratings for its top 10 QBs, and Brady ranked fifth with a solid 90.

That puts Brady -- now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer -- ahead of Aaron Rodgers (89), Matt Ryan (87), Deshaun Watson (86), Dak Prescott (84), and Carson Wentz (84). The four QBs rated higher than him are Patrick Mahomes (99), Russell Wilson (97), Lamar Jackson (94), and Drew Brees (93).

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All things considered, that's a pretty fair top 10.

We'll just have to wait a bit longer to find out how Madden rates Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham this year. But Pats fans should be hyped up about Stephon Gilmore's rating, as the All-Pro cornerback reportedly will join the exclusive "99 Club."

Madden 21 is set to be released Aug. 25.

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFL Players Association have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.

Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast returns Thursday with a brand new episode from NBC Sports Bay Area that takes an in-depth look at former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins' absence from Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.

Robbins left the Raiders a few days before the game to party in Mexico, and when he returned to the team, Oakland head coach Bill Callahan ultimately decided to suspend the veteran center instead of letting him play. The story, however, is far bigger than Robbins missing the Super Bowl, which the Raiders lost 48-21 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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This episode examines Robbins' disappearance, why he left for Mexico, his battle with mental illness and many other facets of this complicated story. It also features interviews with Robbins himself, as well as former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown and linebacker Bill Romanowski.

You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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