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Eagles' Zach Ertz is not happy with Madden's completely messed up tight end ratings

Eagles' Zach Ertz is not happy with Madden's completely messed up tight end ratings

Ahead of Madden 21's August release, EA Sports has been rolling out player ratings all week long, and on Friday the game studio published in-game ratings for its top 10 tight ends.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz didn't like what he saw, and it's hard to blame him.

Here's what the ratings look like:

The top two are obvious and correct. Then you get to No. 3, and uh... what?

Rob Gronkowski hasn't played football since Feb. 3, 2019, and was ravaged by injuries in his last few years with the Patriots before attempting to retire. He also turned 31 this past May.

Is it possible the Buccaneers tight end returns to his Hall of Fame-level play this season? I guess, maybe. But making Gronkowski a 95, and placing him over more than a few tight ends who had huge 2019 seasons, is absolutely insane.

Ertz certainly felt miffed by the ratings, and took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

Yeah, I think that's how most folks reacted.

Ertz should probably a point or two higher than 90, but that's neither here nor there. He should be above Gronkowski, no questions asked. Ertz is one of the most consistently productive tight ends of the last 10 years, a guy who is basically unguardable for opposing defenses. Gronkowski, again, hasn't played since February 2019.

It's just a video game, so it's not exactly something to get worked up over, but Gronkowski should be below Ertz, Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller at a minimum. I'd also probably take Evan Engram over Gronkowski right now.

Luckily, we have less than two months until regular season football is scheduled to begin, so we can stop speculating and start playing.

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Madden 21 ratings: Jalen Reagor, 2020 rookies receive first-ever overall ratings

Madden 21 ratings: Jalen Reagor, 2020 rookies receive first-ever overall ratings

EA Sports released ratings for the 2020 rookie class's offensive skill players this week, and Eagles fans should be pretty happy with where their guys landed, with only a few gripes.

First-round pick Jalen Reagor is a 73 overall, coming in as the fifth-ranked wideout. He's one point behind Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who was selected one spot behind Reagor and who will likely be compared to Reagor for at least the length of their respective rookie contracts.

Second-round pick Jalen Hurts, the selection that had (and maybe still has?) Eagles fans scratching their heads, is a 68 overall. He's Madden's fifth-ranked quarterback in the 2020 class, just two points behind Chargers first round pick Justin Herbert and three points behind Packers first round pick Jordan Love.

Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow both lead the way with 76 overall ratings.

Diving a bit deeper, I think Reagor's 79 catch rating is low, as is his 62 strength rating, and Hurts' 65 awareness is a bit rough. But otherwise, things feel about right.

Here's a breakdown of individual skill ratings for Reagor, Hurts, wide receiver John Hightower, and wide receiver Quez Watkins:

Jalen Reagor: 73

Speed: 93
Acceleration: 92
Strength: 62
Agility: 94
Awareness: 67
Catch: 79
Break Tackle: 75
Jump: 94

Jalen Hurts: 68

Speed: 86
Acceleration: 89
Strength: 72
Agility: 88
Awareness: 65
Throw Power: 84
Break Tackle: 75
Jump: 86

John Hightower: 68

Speed: 92
Acceleration: 89
Strength: 49
Agility: 85
Awareness: 65
Catch: 81
Break Tackle: 69
Jump: 90

Quez Watkins: 65

Speed: 94
Acceleration: 90
Strength: 41
Agility: 86
Awareness: 61
Catch: 80
Break Tackle: 74
Jump: 87

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Madden 21: Cowboys' first look at CeeDee Lamb includes a subtle NFC East troll

Madden 21: Cowboys' first look at CeeDee Lamb includes a subtle NFC East troll

We've officially entered sports video game season. Fresh off the heels of last week's NBA 2K21 teasers, EA Sports unveiled Madden 21 on Tuesday, including the game's cover athlete Lamar Jackson. It's a deserved cover for the reigning MVP.

But over here in the NFC East, Madden day was just a smidge more contentious thanks to their toughest division rivals.

The Cowboys, like every other team, shared a short clip featuring one of their players in Madden 21, and opted to showcase rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. 

You know, the guy Eagles fans really, really wanted to select in the first round of April's NFL Draft? And then the Cowboys took him four picks before the Birds had a chance? Yeah, him.

The clip of Lamb in Madden is just three seconds, but it includes just enough to put Eagles fans on edge:

Yes, that's Lamb catching a touchdown at Lincoln Financial Field, with new Eagles cornerback Darius Slay in the background.

Not a bad troll, Cowboys. Here's hoping Lamb goes TD-less when Dallas visits the Linc in real life on Nov. 1.

The full Madden 21 trailer, for what it's worth, features a handful of Eagles. You can watch it below:

In order of appearance, I spotted Rodney McLeod and Avonte Maddox (0:21), Brandon Graham (0:39), Lane Johnson (0:45), Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders (0:56), and Sanders again (0:59).

The Eagles' Week 1 matchup at Washington is just 89 days away.

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