It’s only a video game, but Cooper Kupp is getting dissed again.
The player ratings are out for Madden NFL 18, and the numbers for the Los Angeles Rams rookie and former Eastern Washington All-American wide receiver are absolutely jaw-dropping.
And not in a good way.
His former teammates and coaches came to Kupp’s defense.
One a 1-99 scale, Kupp merits a 74 overall score – not bad for a rookie, but …
“But that’s still a C-minus,” complained Eastern coach Aaron Best.
On Kupp’s catching ability, Madden gave him an 85.
“How about 185?” answered Best, warming to a subject that was near and dear during his playing days.
Then Best admitted he hasn’t played video games since the 1990s – “When Tecmo Bowl was still around and Bo Jackson never got tackled,” Best said.
Defensive back Jake Hoffman, who regularly lined up across from Kupp during practice, said Kupp should get 85 “with just one hand.”
Kupp only gets a 65 rating for strength – a shocker for defenders like Hoffman who’ve been on the receiving end of more than a few stiff-arms from Kupp.
“He’s way stronger than that,” Hoffman said, shaking his head.
Best promised to come back to those ratings “in about 10 years” and see just how wrong the Madden folks are.
The ultimate outrage, according to receiver Stu Stiles, is Kupp’s 64 rating for “awareness.”
“That’s just disrespectful,” Stiles said. “He knows what’s going on the field all the time.”
By Wednesday, the controversy had spilled over to social media.
Tweeted Eagle receiver Terence Grady:
That number was a lowly 28, quite a knock on a player who threw two touchdown passes last year for the Eagles.
Even Kupp, an infrequent visitor to Twitter, couldn’t resist: