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Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

Where does Ravens QB Lamar Jackson rank in the Madden NFL 21 QB ratings?

On Monday, Madden NFL 21 released their rankings for top 10 highest-rated quarterbacks for 2021. Ravens fans might not be thrilled with where NFL MVP Lamar Jackson landed, but the competition was tough. 

Leading the pack at No.1 is Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who earned himself a 99 QB rating this week and a $503 million contract last week. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is right behind him with a 97 overall rating, making both of them the only two QB’s with ratings over 95.

Jackson, your 2019 league MVP and this year’s Madden 21 cover athlete, comes in at number 3 in the rankings with a 94 overall rating. He's just ahead of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (93) and well ahead of new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (90). 

Jackson made a huge jump from last season's rating when he was 76 overall, 25th among QB’s. Wondering what skill attributed to his jump to No. 3? His speed. To refresh your memory, back in November of 2019 Jackson broke Michael Vick’s Madden speed record with a 96 rating making him the fastest QB in Madden history.

Not long after that, in Baltimore against the New York Jets, Jackson broke another one of Vicks records. Surpassing 1,039 rushing yards, which is the most by a quarterback in a single season. The reigning league MVP always said he would watch Vicks highlights, but now he’s created his own highlight reel after a historic 2019 season with Baltimore. Ravens Flock is counting down the days until they can see him break some more ankles!
 

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A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

It’s been a good day for tight ends in the NFL.

To start the day George Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the league. Shortly after, Travis Kelce signed an extension keeping him in Kansas City for an additional four years. Now it’s hard to talk about NFL tight ends and not mention either Kittle or Kelce’s name as two of the best in the league. It was only fitting that the two get paid on the exact same day.  

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Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract extension. Kittle deserves every penny of that deal as he’s racked up 2,945 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in NFL history after three seasons. He’s a do-it-all tight end who has great hands, blocks like a guard, and is a huge asset to the locker room.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension. Kelce is a huge part of the Chiefs offense and his stats show that he’s one of the best in the league. He’s the only tight end to ever record four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he’s the fastest tight end ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards.  

Kittle and Kelce have set the bar high with their play on the field, but they have now also set the bar for the price tag at their position that comes along with it. 

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Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Hard Knocks L.A. Episode 1 Recap: Anthony Lynn tested positive, Justin Herbert shines

Football is back on TV as the new season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered Tuesday evening. It’s the first time in the documentary's 15 seasons that the show will follow two teams, the Los Angles Chargers and Los Angles Rams. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from episode one. 

Anthony Lynn tested positive

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn revealed in the opening scene that he had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year. Lynn is the third known NFL head coach to have contracted the virus, joining New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Justin Herbert shines

The Chargers first-round draft pick was the star player of episode one showing off his arm skills. He nailed almost every one of his targets during accuracy drills. The episode didn’t show too much of any player, but the former University of Oregon signal-caller stole the show in small amount of camera time he had

Rams head coach Sean McVay

Sean McVay’s introduction to the show had fans jealous of the panoramic views from his home in Los Angeles. McVay’s jokes were also a highlight of the episode. 

COVID-19 precautions and safety

Training camp is off-limits to fans in order to decrease potential exposure of the virus for players and staff. With that in mind, Hard Knocks is fans and media members first look at what an NFL training camp in 2020 looks like. From the frequent testing to the outdoor facilities that both the Rams and Chargers have invested in, it's a different type of training camp. It’s also a different type of Hard Knocks, but because of our desire for anything football-related, it has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet.
 
It will be tough to top the excitement of episode one but with two teams in action, there's no shortage of storylines. Episode two airs on HBO next Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET. 

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