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Lamar Jackson is the Madden NFL 21 Cover Athlete

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Lamar Jackson is the Madden NFL 21 Cover Athlete

Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson has announced he is the cover athlete of Madden NFL 21. After passing for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns (with only 6 INT’s) last season, along with over 1,200 yards and another 7 touchdowns on the ground, it isn’t much of a surprise the 2019 NFL MVP was chosen.

After starting the season in Madden NFL 20 with an overall 76 rating, Lamar quickly shot up the rating scale and ended the season with an overall 92 rating.

While Madden NFL 20 cover athlete Patrick Mahomes did get hurt last year and missed a few games, most fans don’t consider it a curse. Lamar feels the same way…

“Patrick Mahomes is on the front and he won [Super Bowl] MVP. I want that curse. I hope that’s a curse.”

While EA Sports and the Madden NFL 21 team haven’t officially announced Lamar as the cover athlete, their Twitter response sealed the deal.

Leading up to the draft last year, EA revealed Patrick Mahomes as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 20. With the NFL draft scheduled for April 23 this year, we will most likely see some features and a trailer released fairly soon, along with the official cover of Madden NFL 21, featuring Lamar Jackson.

 

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  1. haloofduty
    Hopefully since a running Qb on the cover rushing stats for Qb are fixed. Sim stats in generally. Who am I kidding lol

    Big Back of the Box feature for sure
    Online H2H play will be what it is every year, I just hope that they continue to improve all aspects of CPU QB AI for us solo Franchise players. Scrambling is solid(still can be improved a lot of course) but elusiveness in the pocket and on the run while still throwing downfield needs the most work.
    Cover revel was on Draft night last year so seems about right. Think he may have spilled the beans a bit early. If the timeline is the same cover reveal on Thursday and features Friday.
    Well deserved. Looking forward to the new stadiums and new uniforms this year. Those new Chargers uni's & their stadium make them the most obvious first Franchise choice ever.
    Really hoping for a "Start before the 2020 Draft" option in Franchise.
    Also - EA just confirmed Lamar on the cover.
    Congrats to Jackson! Don't see M21 bringing an improvement to game play which seems to be on the decline. I imagine defense will again be a formality compared to offense.
    WOuld like to see the game play cleaned up. I feel there are too many spoons stirring the pot. We have different game modes, game styles and skill levels and each seems to play differently from an AI perspective. The CPU plays differently once a user action is detected, and another level of game play mix entering an already complex mix of coding.
    I would like some points cleaned up, or made options in M21 from a learning standpoint. Bring back the consistent showing of previous play art after each play in games versus CPU; this is important from a learning perspective to know what was called.
    Slow down the snap rate of the CPU offense to give us users who like to read and adjust their defense, time to make adjustments. This is again a part of using Play Now to become better at the game, while also making the defense more rewarding to play as a user and coach.
    Tone down the tips pass to interception ratio.
    Tone down the blockshed rate for the elite pass rushers on the CPU team, OR make those same pass rushers as effective when on the user team.
    MORE feedback. A lot of frustration and confusion could be reduced if onscreen feedback was increased. We have some feedback for pass types and pass situations, but every other area of the game play is left without feedback to assist in explaining what is being witnessed on field. The lighting up of the "X" factor was a nice visual feedback in assisting the user to when a blockshed was coming fast.
    I fear M21 will be another game where elite QBs are passed over for a handful of rushing Qbs. Another year of God mode Michael Vick yet Super Bowl winners such as Brady, Montana and Aikman are virtually useless.
    Yeah. Last Year, they revealed the cover just before Draft started. I think they might have revealed the info timeline as well.
    Unless pandemic causes delay, I expect them to follow same format to where most of info will be revealed inn late April and May and rest of info will be dropped at E3/IGN. But I wonder how next gen will affect it. I would imagine, they'll reveal info as normal and show current gen photos at first. Then at June IGN reveal, they'll start showing next gen visuals
    jfsolo
    Online H2H play will be what it is every year, I just hope that they continue to improve all aspects of CPU QB AI for us solo Franchise players. Scrambling is solid(still can be improved a lot of course) but elusiveness in the pocket and on the run while still throwing downfield needs the most work.

    To add to this, CPU defense against running QBs still needs a lot of help.
    It's still way too easy to break any defense on any game difficulty by calling four verts and just taking off with the QB.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Well deserved. Looking forward to the new stadiums and new uniforms this year. Those new Chargers uni's & their stadium make them the most obvious first Franchise choice ever.
    Really hoping for a "Start before the 2020 Draft" option in Franchise.
    Also - EA just confirmed Lamar on the cover.

    In addition to the new stadiums, I'd appreciate if Tiburon took a page from MLB The Show's playbook and kept recently vacated stadiums in the game. In MLBTS, for instance, Turner Field was kept in the game as Old Atlanta after the Braves moved to Truist Park. In an ideal world, Madden NFL 21 would keep Dignity Health Sports Park, the LA Coliseum, and the Oakland Coliseum.
    Oh boy Madden 04 Vick comingĀ  back in the form of Jackson. . And the curse did hit Mahomes since he hurt his knee. He was lucky his physical makeup allowed him to recover quicker.
    Yes it appears Ravens Social Media jumped the gun, EA Twitter made a tongue in cheeky reference to it.
    Hopefully EA also release some early info in coming days
    Cnada
    Yes it appears Ravens Social Media jumped the gun, EA Twitter made a tongue in cheeky reference to it.
    Hopefully EA also release some early info in coming days

    I figured that. Even Lamar was kind of hesitant to confirm it .
    Even though it was obvious choice and recent leak last month, that was some thing that was supposed to be announced on draft day
    tbook24
    Oh boy Madden 04 Vick coming* back in the form of Jackson. . And the curse did hit Mahomes since he hurt his knee. He was lucky his physical makeup allowed him to recover quicker.

    The curse was just one of his many miraculous comebacks he led this season.
    I'm already sick of these Madden covers with pictures of the players every new year, It would be nice for EA to change and start showing pictures of several teams and players together with some pictures of stadiums. Please EA, escape this absence of change.
    PhillyPhanatic14
    Well deserved. Looking forward to the new stadiums and new uniforms this year. Those new Chargers uni's & their stadium make them the most obvious first Franchise choice ever.
    Really hoping for a "Start before the 2020 Draft" option in Franchise.
    Also - EA just confirmed Lamar on the cover.
    New Bucs unis are sick as well. Should look pretty good in Madden, too. As of now, Tampa would be my choice this year, provided I decide to get M21.
    But I am still having a blast with my Jets franchise this year (6 seasons and counting, playing every game). M20 makes you build your team like never before (except for O-line depth), it will be very hard for me to leave it behind...

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