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Stefon Diggs tops list of former Maryland players in Madden 20 ratings

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Madden NFL 20 is due out on Aug. 2, and on Tuesday afternoon, the popular video game released its initial ratings for NFL players.

Unsurprisingly, former Terps wide receiver Stefon Diggs earned the top spot among Maryland alumni with a 93 rating. Now entering his fifth season in the league, he has become a bona fide star, earning praise for his athleticism and route-running ability. Last year was his best as a pro, as he hauled in 102 passes for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns.

Next up on the list is Yannick Ngakoue, one of the most-feared pass rushers in football, who clocks in with a mark of 84. The 24-year-old has tallied 29.5 sacks in his first three years in the pros, and he finished tied for 10th in total quarterback pressures in 2018. Ngakoue reportedly plans on holding out for a new contract, but assuming he gets that situation sorted out, he should be a weapon once again in the AFC South.

As for the 2019 rookie class, No. 21 overall pick Darnell Savage Jr. leads the way with a 72 rating. Byron Cowart, Ty Johnson and Derwin Gray, all of whom were drafted in the final three rounds of the draft, have earned ratings of 63, 66 and 57, respectively. Undrafted free agents, including Miami Dolphins linebacker Tre Watson, have yet to be graded by EA Sports.

Check out the full list of Maryland ratings below:

Player Position Team Rating
Player Position Team Rating
Stefon Diggs Wide Receiver Minnesota Vikings 93
Yannick Ngakoue Defensive Line Jacksonville Jaguars 84
D.J. Moore Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers 81
Vernon Davis Tight End Washington Redskins 81
Torrey Smith Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers 77
JC Jackson Defensive Back New England Patriots 75
Darnell Savage Jr. Defensive Back Green Bay Packers 72
Sean Davis Defensive Back Pittsburgh Steelers 72
Quinton Jefferson Defensive Line Seattle Seahawks 68
Ty Johnson Running Back Detroit Lions 66
Jermaine Carter Jr. Linebacker Carolina Panthers 64
Trey Edmunds Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers 64
Byron Cowart Defensive Line New England Patriots 63
Darius Kilgo Defensive Line Denver Broncos 62
Derwin Gray Offensive Line Pittsburgh Steelers 57

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The latest social media craze to flood the interwebs was the FaceApp Challenge, which swept the nation on Tuesday. Using the titular app, people could transform themselves — or literally anyone — into a version that has been aged considerably. The challenge hit close to home regarding Maryland sports, leading to a pair of questions which need addressing.

1. Would an elderly Anthony Cowan Jr. be able to lead the Terps as the starting point guard?

2. Could the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs if their young core were suddenly comprised of geriatrics?