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Ravens' Matt Judon Looks To Build On Last Season's Success, Improve Madden Rating

July 3, 2018
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon said on Glenn Clark Radio June 27 that he's ready for a better Madden rating. 

"I'm young, so I think 83 would be straight," Judon said of his player rating on the video game. "I'm not a 99 yet. I feel like people haven't seen me enough to be in the 90s."

But players with ratings in the 70s, "They some turds on the video games," Judon said.

If his player rating doesn't go up, Judon said a boxing match with the developers at EA Sports, the company that makes Madden, will settle the problem.

"We're just going to have to step in the ring and if I come up on them, I'm going to have to jump them," he joked.

Judon finished his second NFL season with eight sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles, but this upcoming season is where he will get that 99 Madden score, he said. 

"Last year was a good year, but I feel like I can have an even better year [this season]," Judon said.

 Though, he wouldn't give more details on what he's been working on in the offseason.

"I can't give you all the sauce, all the tools in the toolbox, but I'm letting you know it's going to be better," he said. "I'm never going to sell myself short on goals. I'm never going to be one to limit myself."

The Ravens missed the playoffs in 2017 on the final possession of the season, allowing a late fourth-quarter touchdown to the Cincinnati Bengals to seal their third straight season without a playoff berth. The team has had more than six months to dwell on the defeat and prepare themselves for redemption in 2018. 

"That's what you're playing the game for [the playoffs]," Judon said. "There's a lot of different reasons to play the game. My reasons to play this game is to win. I want that ring."

With training camp just weeks away, Judon said he is interested to see former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, one of the Raven's two first-round picks, put on pads for the first time.

"He ain't no slouch," Judon said. "I don't know if he'll get more slippery [when he puts pads on] than he already is."

When the Ravens' traded up to the 32nd pick to draft Jackson, Judon said part of him was glad he wouldn't have to chase Jackson around on a different team.

"We drafted Lamar, man. There was cheering going on and what not. I don't want to chase him; he's fast," he said. "He's an amazing athlete. Hopefully, his career continues to skyrocket."

But don't forget the other quarterbacks on the roster, though, Judon warned. The Ravens' quarterback depth chart includes Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and two Heisman Trophy winners in Jackson and Robert Griffin III.

"It's going to be a competition," Judon said. "Don't sleep on the other ones we got. They do some great stuff."

For more from Judon, listen to the full interview here: 

Photo Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox