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Washington DL Matt Ioannidis rated second-strongest player in Madden 21

Washington DL Matt Ioannidis rated second-strongest player in Madden 21

The annual release of player ratings for the Madden NFL video game franchise is always interesting. Some players are fairly rated, while others seem under or overrated. Some players are really happy with their ratings, others not so much.

When it comes to Washington defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, there's at least one part of his rating he'll most likely be satisfied with for Madden 21: Strength. Ioannidis was given a 98 rating in that attribute, one short of a perfect score for the category.

Entering his fifth season, Ioannidis only ranks behind Aaron Donald in terms of strength in Madden 21, which is a pretty big feat when one considers that Donald trains with knives to stay ready. Running back Derrius Guice chimed in on Instagram with a pretty bold claim, joking "I'm stronger" than Ioannidis in the comments of a post about the rating.

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Ioannidis' full rating has yet to be shared, though leaked ratings have him as the second-best Washington player at 86, but the strength rating bodes well for his overall showing no matter what.

Madden rating aside, the defensive lineman will be an important part of what is a talented front seven in Washington. Underrated at times, Ioannidis recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2019. With so many talented pass rushers and only so many blockers, there's a chance he could top that in 2020.

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While Ioannidis may be pleased with this Madden reveal, other Washington players have had mixed reviews. Chase Young was pleased to share that a leaked rating had him at an 80 overall, the highest of any rookie. However, Terry McLaurin's 82 rating was a little low, and Adrian Peterson was given the lowest overall of his career at 78. Though he did shake it off with some humor.

Ioannidis' strength is no joke, and it now appears that both virtual and real-life offensive linemen will have a hard time blocking him this season.

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Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Did you hear the one about how FedEx Field being empty in 2020 will actually be the same as recent years, because not many fans have been showing up to the stadium lately anyways? 

Well, if you were on Twitter at all on Wednesday, then yes, you heard that one. Then you heard it some more. And after that, you kept hearing it. 

The best part, of course, is that it got funnier every time you came across it, too. 

Like, the first time you saw something like this, you chuckled to yourself:

Nailed it, Raj!

But then, when you happened upon another version of that totally original joke, such as the following from Kevin, you legit laughed out loud:

And just when you thought it couldn't get ANY BETTER, someone else dropped a comedic HAMMER on you:

Hahahahahahahahaha. That is the GOOD STUFF right there.

Wait. Forget the good stuff. Dev is over here chiming in with the GREAT STUFF: 

Then there's Karl — good ole, quick-witted Karl — who just brought the house down with this one-liner:

Karl always comes through, man. 

As 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes pointed out, these people should all be shamed. Maybe Twitter can suspend their accounts, too, or just outright ban them.

Is FedEx Field a wild environment? Nope. Has the attendance for Washington Football Team games been well below average in the late 2010s? You bet.

Neither of those facts, however, excuse the thousands of brilliant super-geniuses from recycling the same, played-out zing over and over again in reaction to the empty stadium news. But at least they all got one or two likes from other brilliant super-geniuses for their efforts.

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How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

This interview between Terry McLaurin and Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr contains solid info on why he views himself as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and how he's seen Dwayne Haskins' attitude change over the past few months. That stuff is all certainly worth noting.

The more interesting angle, however, is that McLaurin — who is not only someone who gets seasick from time to time but is also a guy who's ALLERGIC TO SEAFOOD — has really taken up fishing this offseason. And he actually believes the new hobby can help him produce on Sundays.

Yes, that all sounds crazy. But if you allow him to explain it, it soon becomes difficult not to buy in at least a little bit.

“You can be out there all day and not get a bite,” McLaurin told Orr. “And in my line of work, you can be working for your opportunity and it may never come or it may not be the opportunity you thought. It doesn’t mean you quit working hard, whether that’s catching a fish or catching a touchdown.”

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That's the primary lesson he's picked up while out on the water lately, and it's something that will help his focus and patience moving forward in Washington's offense. 

By the way, for those concerned fans of the team who are about to ask, no, McLaurin does not keep what he snags on his line. He's either thrown back or passed off the roughly 20 fish he's hauled in this summer, meaning that seafood allergy of his has been kept at bay. 

So, though his quote above shows a key similarity between fishing and football, that particular fact highlights the major difference. On a boat, he doesn't keep what he catches. His teammates, supporters and opponents know the opposite is true when he's on the field.

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