EA Sports has slowly been releasing player ratings for the upcoming Madden 23 video game, and on Tuesday, the company revealed its ratings for the safety position.
It's important not to get too worked up over Madden ratings, especially given the company's history of universally bad ratings and, in reality, unequivocally bad video games. Nonetheless, the rating given to NY Jets safety Jordan Whitehead certainly raised some eyebrows.
Whitehead was given a lowly rating of 77, actually a two-point decrease from what he was rated in last year's game. This is, of course, despite the fact that he's coming off a career year in Tampa Bay.
That 77 overall rating ranked Whitehead as the 29th strong safety in the game (there are only 32 starters) and the 50th overall safety. Evidently, Madden believes that Whitehead is one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL.
Where they got from, nobody knows. But it's safe to say that fans and even Whitehead himself didn't take too kindly to his snub.
NY Jets safety Jordan Whitehead wasn't pleased with his Madden rating
Whitehead tweeted at Madden asking them to stop the disrespect before insisting that he would take his game "to another level" in 2022.
No matter what your opinion is on Whitehead, there really isn't a justification for him to be rated as low as he is. In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the second-best box safety in the NFL behind Budda Baker back in May.
That was notably ahead of former Jets star Jamal Adams. Adams, of course, received a 90 overall which ranked him as a top-five player at his position. This is despite his obvious struggles over the last couple of years.
Madden cares about reputation, not actual performance. That much has been abundantly clear for years, and Whitehead's snub only furthers that notion.
The 25-year-old will look to use this as motivation for what the Jets hope will be a true breakout season in 2022. If Jordan Whitehead wants respect, he's going to have to continue earning it.
Clearly, Madden isn't convinced yet.