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Dez Bryant Upset About Madden Rating, and Madden Adds Fuel to the Fire

Dez Bryant was not happy about his Madden 17 rating, and Madden fires back on twitter.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) celebrates with wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) after Bryant caught a pass from quarterback Dak Prescott (4) for a touchdown over the coverage of Miami Dolphins defensive back Byron Maxwell (41) in the second quarter to make the score 13-0 during a preseason National Football League game between the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday August 19, 2016.
Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News

Every year around this time, NFL players start gearing up for the regular season and one of the main topics on their mind is… Madden 17 player ratings?

I mean I understand, NFL athletes are competitive, they all play Madden, so why shouldn’t they be concerned with their player ratings? One player in particular who has a bone to pick with Madden developers is former Oklahoma State stand out wide receiver and current Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant.

See his quote to the Dallas News:

"It is what it is. We're just going to see what happens. Like I told Madden, they put me at 90, I'm not worried about that. That rating going to shoot up real quick, you best believe that."

Bryant continued on in a joking tone:

"I play Madden, I [expletive] love Madden," Bryant said. "They would do me like that? Oh my God. That is an insult, like why would you do that to me? How much I love y'all. Like what? Not John Madden, because I love him. It's the [video game] developers."

Bryant is now the 8th highest rated overall wide receiver in the game at an 90 overall. See the list of receivers ranked higher then Bryant, in order top to bottom:

  • Antonio Brown
  • Julio Jones
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • A.J. Green
  • Deandre Hopkins
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Alshon Jeffrey

If the rating wasn’t insult enough, Madden sent out the tweet stating that Bryant’s kick rating seems to be weight down his overall rating:

That’s messed up Madden, real messed up. By the way, I looked up his Kick Accuracy and Kick Power, they are a 21 and 26, respectively. He needs work on that leg if he wants to catch up to Beckham Jr. who boasts an amazing 61 in Kick Power and 57 in Kick Accuracy.

All jokes aside, if the first two preseason games are any inclination, I think Bryant is right about that rating rising quickly.