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There are few things more frustrating in Madden 13 than watching helplessly as your receivers get jammed at the line of scrimmage, but for the savvy gamers among us, it doesn’t have to stay that way.
You’ll never find a top player in Madden without his own set of tricks to defeat press coverage, and if you want to stay competitive, you will need a few of your own to get you over the hump. While there are all sort of nuanced strategies to punishing defenses that try to get too close to your receivers, there are three in particular that every true Madden player should know about.
1. Utilize The ‘Out’ Routes
Whenever you “hot route” a receiver toward the sideline, you create what is called an “out-route,” or alternatively a “flag” route. This route is fantastic at defeating press coverage because it can beat it in two ways: First, if the receiver beats the press naturally you will have the ability to throw a pass before the route cuts to the outside, and effectively give yourself a streak pass that is uncovered and wide open. Second, if the receiver doesn’t beat the jam naturally, then you can throw a bullet right as this route cuts, and your target will pull away from the defender for an easy catch. You can see part of this technique in action on this video:
While out-routes are a fantastic and accessible way of beating the jam, it should be noted that this is only particularly useful if your route is 10 yards or more. This means you can smart-route this route on 2nd & 10 or 3rd & 10 situations to adjust the play to the right depth, but in shorter-yardage scenarios you may want to look for a better alternative. The distance of ten yards or more is required to ensure you don’t make the mistake of passing the ball on the cut outside when the receiver breaks naturally, which would result in throwing the ball directly to the defender. Yikes!
2. Analyze Your Release Ratings
Utilizing the many routes and tricks available in Madden to beat the press can always be helpful, but nothing is quite as important to know as the “Release” ratings of your receivers. When analyzing the Speed, Agility and Acceleration ratings of your favorite targets, don’t forget to take a peek at the Release rating. The “RLS” rating as it is abbreviated, is precisely how skilled your receiver is at getting off the line of scrimmage, and the higher it is, the more likely they are to break free in a hurry. Players like Marques Colston, Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson are premier examples of players that are great at getting off the line naturally.
If you ever see one of your best press-beating players in what could be a jam situation, try hot-routing them to a streak or a slant, where their release rating will make itself most noticeable. What you are looking for in this sort of situation is an instant release from the receiver with the defensive back left in the dust, and with the right ratings, you will see it happen more often than you think.
3. Attack With Stock Fade Routes
A peculiar fact in Madden 13 is that any deep fade route that comes stock in the play selection screen will not get bumped, even though it can be identical to the hot-routed fade you can call at any time. For whatever reason, the fades that come stock in a play’s design cannot be jammed, which means these routes can be invaluable to pay attention to when choosing plays to defeat press coverage.
The best part of this bump-beating technique is that there is almost no risk, and all reward. All you need to do is pass lead with a bullet to the inside after your receiver breaks away from the defender, and there won’t be much in your way for a huge gain. This happens because the defender will attack the receiver at the line of scrimmage as if a bump was going to take place, but without any contact you will often find the defensive back accelerating in the opposite direction of your receiver. Your opponent will have no idea how your receiver got so wide open against press coverage when you use this technique, and it may even scare him out of the jam entirely.
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