Carter burst onto the scene as a rookie, finishing as the Jets' leading rusher with 639 yards and four touchdowns on a healthy 4.3 yards per carry.
But despite his rookie-season success, Carter still isn't getting the respect he deserves. That much was evident after his new Madden 23 rating was revealed by EA Sports this week.
Carter received a lowly 75 overall rating which ranks him as the 58th best running back in the NFL. Not only do the Madden developers not see Carter as anything close to an RB1, but he's rated as one of the worst RB2s in the game.
Running backs with higher ratings than Carter include Mike Davis, Mark Ingram, James White, Damien Williams, Sony Michel, Ronald Jones, Raheem Mostert, and Nyheim Hines.
On top of that, Carter has the same exact rating as Boston Scott, Giovanni Bernard, Marlon Mack, and Jerick McKinnon. There really isn't any excuse for that. Carter was royally snubbed.
NY Jets running back Michael Carter was disrespected by Madden
Carter was statically one of the best rookie running backs last season. It's not just his raw numbers either. Pro Football Focus ranked Carter as the third most elusive running back in the entire NFL in 2021 behind just Kareem Hunt and his former college teammate, Javonte Williams.
Yet, despite his success, Madden believes he's barely good enough to be a No. 2 running back on most NFL rosters. He's given the same rating as washed-up veterans and depth running backs.
Of course, Madden ratings don't really matter. This is the same game that rated Jordan Whitehead as one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL, forgot Javelin Guidry was even on the Jets' roster, and listed Jets linebacker Javin White as a cornerback.
No one should expect perfection — or even competency — from this game.
Michael Carter will just have to continue proving his worth this season. Maybe then he'll garner the respect of the Madden overlords.