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Madden ratings for Bears rookies come in low

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Madden ratings for Bears rookies come in low

Training camp and the preseason are right around the corner, which also means the latest edition of EA Madden NFL will also be hitting the shelves soon.

The football video game is beginning to release the player ratings for the upcoming release of Madden 20, starting with the incoming class of rookies.

Third-round running back David Montgomery is the Bears highest-rated rookie at 71 overall, and he was just as disappointed about it as the fans.

Fourth-round wide receiver Riley Ridley wasn’t far behind him with a nice 69 overall rating, and undrafted rookie free agent Emanuel Hall beat out the rest of the Bears draft picks at 67 overall.

UDFA tight end Dax Raymond and seventh-round running back Kerrith Whyte each came in at 63, sixth-round cornerback Duke Shelley is a 62, and seventh-round cornerback Stephen Denmark could only earn a rating of 60.

The Madden developers are stretching out the rating system more this year to have a wider variety and fewer players with elite stats, and the rookies are the first of the lower numbers we’ve seen.

New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is the highest-rated rookie at 80 overall. No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray has the top rating among quarterbacks with just a 73.

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

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Bears rookie WR Riley Ridley motivated by older brother, family name

Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.

Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.

The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.

“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”

Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.

His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.

“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”

Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.

Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.

Under Center Podcast: How'd the Bears do in the draft?

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Under Center Podcast: How'd the Bears do in the draft?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin return to the Halas Hall coat closet to break down what the Bears drafting Riley Ridley says about the team's philosophy (2:20) and how David Montgomery fits Matt Nagy's offense (7:35).

Plus, what did Ryan Pace accomplish with his three late-round picks (14:30)? And Moon makes a point about the fallacy of "best player available" (17:15). 

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Under Center Podcast

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