Madden 13: Wide Receivers Who Should Have Cracked the Top 10
The amount of talented pass-catchers in the NFL is at an all-time high, making it nearly impossible to define a clear Top 10 of receivers.
With that being said, Madden 13 comes pretty close.
Still, just like with all lists, and because the talent in the passing game is so incredibly deep, I have some minor exclusions. Let's take a look.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Of the top eight receivers in terms of yards in 2011, seven made Madden's Top 10 receivers list. The only one who didn't make it?
Victor Cruz, who finished the year third in yards with 1,536. To boot, he averaged 18.7 yards per catch, which was more than anyone else on the list.
With the exception of Calvin Johnson, this was arguably the most dangerous downfield threat in the game last year. Plus, he should also receive a few extra points in the ratings for his ability to Salsa dance so well.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant may have a slew of off-the-field problems, he may not be the best bet to avoid an injury and he may not go 100 percent for an entire four quarters, but damnit, he's trying!
But actually, it's the ridiculous skillset that has him on this list.
When you are big, strong, fast, a good route-runner, can jump out of the stadium and have terrific hands, you are pretty much guaranteed to be a video game star, where all of those other nagging issues can't hold you down.
Who belongs on Madden's Top 10 list?
The things that have kept Bryant from absolutely setting fire to the NFL with his jaw-dropping gifts is something that can't slow him down in Madden.
Much like Bryant, Marshall hasn't been the best guy to work with, as evidenced by his three teams in seven years, but there is no denying his elite production.
No matter what inconsistent quarterback he's dealt with, no matter what injuries he's had to play through, no matter how much attention he's gotten from the opposing defenses, he has always produced at an incredible rate.
In the last five seasons, Marshall has surpassed the 100-catch mark three times and the 1,000-yard mark all five times, most recently pulling in 1,214 at 15.0 yards per catch, the best of his career.
For as consistent and as dominant as Marshall has been throughout his entire career, he flies completely under the radar. He should be talked about with the game's best.
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