Some fans, many of whom will call in sick to work or school today so they can dig into the game, lined up last night for "Madden's" midnight release — while others waited for their digital copy of the game to unlock on their Xbox One or PlayStation 4. NFL players pay close attention to their in-game player rankings — and some don't hesitate to let EA (and the world ) know when they think they've been ranked too low. Despite occasional player objections, though, the information the game compiles on rookies, running backs and more is incredibly useful for people putting together their fantasy football teams. Those rankings and improvements to the game's artificial intelligence (AI) have helped it become a fairly accurate prediction engine for the real world, too.
Maybe it's Doug Baldwin's historic numbers he put up during a late-season stretch last winter. Maybe it's his shiny new contract. Or maybe it's just Baldwin living up to his self-assigned role as an "agitator." Regardless of the reason, the Seahawks receiver wasn't afraid to criticize -- albeit, in a playful manner, which is how I interpreted it -- his teammates this week. On Tuesday, Baldwin targeted Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett. When Baldwin was asked about a brief scuffle during Monday's practice, which occurred after Baldwin burned Sherman for a touchdown, he kept the scuffle going. "Obviously, tempers flare," Baldwin told The News Tribune. "Sherm's really upset that we keep destroying
The Dallas Cowboys have a long, recent history of being able to unearth quality players from a mountain of just-another-guys. 2016 surprise training camp standout defensive end Shaneil Jenkins has seemed to be in line to be the latest, but he hasn’t practiced this week due to what had been listed as a hamstring issue. However, reports now state Jenkins might actually be dealing with a more serious knee injury. Signed less than a week before the first preseason game, Jenkins shot out of the gate registering two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss in two exhibition games. The rookie was building a case to be seen as more than a training camp body, and was actually fighting for a roster