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Khalil Mack one of four players in Madden 20 with 99 rating

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Khalil Mack one of four players in Madden 20 with 99 rating

EA Sports is stretching out the scale of player ratings in the upcoming edition of Madden, trying to create more discrepancy between the best and worst players in the NFL.

That left the Bears rookie class with lower numbers than expected, but not everyone will see a drop off in the video game.

EA is unveiling the 99 Club for Madden 20, the players receiving the highest possible rating in the game. Khalil Mack is joining the exclusive list this year.

Mack was the third of four players Madden is announcing this week along with Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. Fans are speculating that Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be the fourth, which will be officially revealed Friday.

Mack’s ratings in Madden 20 include 94 jumping, 94 tackling, 95 pursuit and 97 power moves. They’re also giving him a superstar zone ability called Unstoppable Force that “increases win rate and block shed speed against one-on-one pass blocks” once he hits a certain benchmark while playing the game.

He started as a 98 overall at the launch of last year’s Madden 19 before eventually receiving the bump up to 99 in season. 

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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