Madden 17 Special Teams Tips
This year there are important upgrades to special teams that allow you to block kicks, run fakes and a new kicking system that you need to know how to master.
You’ll want to learn these before you start playing online, since it is quite easy to miss field goals if you haven’t practiced using the new kick mechanics.
Blocking a kick is possible in Madden 17 and so is running a perfect fake, but neither will work every time.
How to Punt Better in Madden 17
When you need to put the ball in the right place to pin your opponent you can now choose multiple types of punts in Madden 17. This will allow you to put backspin on a kick or to sky the kick. You can use this to keep the ball just out of the end zone or you can use it to make sure your team can get to the return man.
Press Y to choose a Sky kick or press LB to do a backspin on Xbox One. Or triangle for Sky on PS4 and L1 for a backspin.
How to Kick a Field Goal in Madden 17
There is a brand new kicking mechanic in Madden 17 and you need to learn how to use it if you want to win games. We’ve already won games because our opponent didn’t know what they were doing and missed wide right from the 10 or 15 yard line.
In Madden 17 you need to tap to start, tap to choose the power and tap to choose the accuracy. The more power you choose the faster the meter moves near the accuracy line.
Spend some time practicing this in skills trainer, especially since you have to hold the direction you want the ball to go.
When you are kicking a big one to win the game, the meter and the direction will fade out, especially if the opposing team ices the kicker. Practice so you are ready when this happens.
How to Return Kickoffs in Madden 17
You can run back a kickoff for a touchdown in Madden 17 with a little bit of a strategy. You don’t want to use the juke like you did in previous versions of Madden.
Start by choosing the Return Middle in the middle of the play selection screen. You need to swing your blocker out to the edge and practice your timing. You need to manually move him over there. Don’t juke, spin or change direction. This works best with a player with over 94 speed.
How to Squib Kick in Madden 17
When you want to make sure your opponent cannot get a big return, you need to do a Squib kick. This is a direct, shorter kick, but it also means you aren’t giving the ball to the return man. It’s a tool you can use to run out the last few seconds on the clock and keep your opponent out of scoring position.
Choose a normal kickoff and then press LB or L1 to kick the ball at the ground and can run off a few seconds.
Madden 17 Settings to Change
One of the Madden 17 settings you may want to change is to turn off Auto Flip Defense. This feature is on by default and will automatically flip your plays based on what the offense calls. This can mess up players who know they want to control a specific player. You have to change this when you are outside of an online game.
Go to Settings -> Game Options -> Gameplay Helpers -> auto Flip Defensive Play Call to Off.
This is essential for competitive players who want absolute control over the defense, and for players who are learning to take more control of the gameplay.
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