If you absolutely had to guess which group of people would complain about their virtual metrics in a sports video game, it’d be NFL wide receivers. They are the eccentric, temperamental French chefs of the sports world. They have egos that could block out the sun. They generally loathe criticism — even Dez Bryant, apparently.
Ya, we couldn’t believe it, either.
Bryant took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to voice his displeasure with EA Sports rating czar Donny Moore’s quantitative assessment of his speed, which at 89 is admittedly a bit low. (Bryant ran a 4.5 40-yard dash back in 2012.) Of course, he promptly deleted the tweet — as if that would stop someone from screenshotting and reposting it — proving that when it comes to social media, he’s certainly not as fast as he thinks he is.
Otherwise, Dez Bryant gets stellar marks in the new Madden, which comes out August 25. He’s the second-ranked wide receiver in the game, just behind Antonio Brown and just above Calvin Johnson — something that their respective contracts would suggest is a bit of a stretch. Dez recently inked a deal for two fewer years, $2 million fewer per year and $13 million less guaranteed money than Megatron’s massive deal, so Madden kinda/sorta did him a favor by rating him higher than the bigger, faster Johnson.
Interestingly enough, coverboy Odell Beckham Jr. landed in the fourth WR spot with a 94-overall and a 99 rating for (not surprisingly) his “spectacular catch” trait. That means despite having played in only 13 games in his entire NFL career, ODB is already considered better than Julio Jones. Hey, if you can do this we’re not arguing.
The complete list of every top rated player in Madden 16, below.