Madden 23: How To Defend Receivers

Madden 23: How To Defend Receivers
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In Madden 23, there’s plenty of ways you can make stops or force turnovers on defense. That said, some can be more effective than others.

At the forefront, is generating pressure against the opposing quarterback, a common approach that sometimes doesn’t bring the outcome you’re looking for. That said, another way to create stops or turnovers, is by switching to a defender covering the ball on a pass play. This has proven to be one of the best ways to usurp more control with disrupting an offense that’s not slowing down with its passing game.

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When guarding wide receivers or tight ends, cornerbacks, safeties, and linebackers all have the ability to execute certain types of pass breakups, similarly to that of wide receivers with their three ways to complete catches. Tapping into this on defense is vital. Failing to do so could lead your defender to get outmuscled and concede a big gain.

So what pass breakup options do defenders have and how can we use them in Madden 23? Here’s a look at all the details you need to know.

Madden 23 – Types Of Pass Breakup Moves

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Prior to taking a look at the controls for each move, we’re going to briefly review what each pass breakup does upon executing it:

  1. Ball Hawk: When selecting the ball hawk option with your cornerback or safety, it will have your defender go after the ball in attempt to intercept it. Of all the types of pass breakups you can make, this one is the riskiest choice to pull off and heavily depends on the catching rating of your defender.
  2. Swatting: If ball hawk is not within reach to execute for your defender, attempting to swat the pass is a great second option. Getting a hand on the ball is important when playing defense and can alter the catch opportunity the receiver has.
  3. Play Receiver: This is pretty much what it sounds like. From all three options, playing the receiver is usually the safest bet. It allows you to be more physical with your coverage in attempt to box out or get in between the ball and the receiver.

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Madden 23 – How To Defend Receivers

-Ball Hawk: Hold Triangle
-Swat Ball: Hold Square
-Play Receiver: Hold X

-Ball Hawk: Hold Y
-Swat Ball: Hold X
-Play Receiver: Hold A

-Ball Hawk: Hold R
-Swat Ball: Hold Q
-Play Receiver: Hold E

Additional Tip: If you’re looking to really maximize these pass breakup options in Madden 23, you’re best off looking over which defenders have good catching, jumping, and play recognition skills. The better those skills are, the more disruptive your defender will be with their pass breakups on defense.

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