Madden 22: How to Stiff Arm, Tips, and Players with the Highest Stiff Arm Rating

Learn how to send defenders to the bleachers with a powerful stiff arm in Madden 22.


Player control is one of the most critical aspects of Madden 22 play. Mastering the right stick will improve your game from amateur-tier to pro, allowing small yardage situations to go deep.

Jukes and hurdles are good ways to beat a defender, but if you want to inspire fear in your opponents, the stiff arm is the way to go. So, here is the ultimate guide to using stiff arms in Madden 22. 


What is a stiff arm?

A stiff arm is a move that sees a player (often a running back) extend their arm out in order to prevent a defender from making a tackle. A successful stiff arm might result in the defender being thrown in the air or to the ground. The aim of a stiff arm is to keep an approaching defender at bay, stifling a potential tackle to gain more yards and keep the ball to hand.

How to use stiff arm controls

A stiff arm can be performed by pressing the A button for Xbox, X button for PlayStation, or E on PC. You’ll be able to extend a stiff arm in Madden 22 when one of your players is in possession of the ball and running down the field.

Who has the best stiff arm in Madden 22?

  1. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (99)
  2. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (92)
  3. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (91)
  4. James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals (90)
  5. Melvin Gordon III, RB, Denver Broncos (89)
  6. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns (89)
  7. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (88)
  8. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (88)
  9. Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (88)
  10. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (88)

Stiff arm tips and tricks for Madden 22

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure that you can use the stiff arm move in Madden 22 effectively to gain those extra yards:

1. Line up the defender

In order to perform a successful stiff arm, the tackling defender should be directly lined up to the left or right of the ball carrier. This will allow your player to extend their arm straight across the path of the defender, stopping their advances for as long as the stiff arm will hold.


2. Keep the momentum

Stiff arms occur at a higher rate if the ball carrier is already in a high-speed running motion. That means that stopping in order to perform a stiff arm does not produce consistent results. So, if you see a defender powering over from either flank, keep rushing forward and see if they then line up for a well-timed stiff arm.

3. Be mindful of your stamina

A good amount of stamina is necessary to perform a successful stiff arm. Tired players not only risk getting tackled but also fumbling the ball, so it’s always best to take note of your stamina bar before committing to a stiff arm.

4. Use a stiff arm to reduce speed

This is an advanced move and quite tricky to get right. Still, by triggering a stiff arm animation, the ball carrier slows down a little bit. This could be used in a similar way as the stop-and-go move.


The concept is simple: the player reduces their speed in order to avoid defenders diving in front of them. Although it is a simple concept, it is an advanced move that requires practice to get the timing right.

5. Beating the MUT stiff arm challenges

Madden Ultimate Team is an online mode filled with challenges. Some of these challenges require the player to perform a certain number of stiff arms. Here, a good trick is just to spam the A/X/E button, even if the defender does not engage in the stiff arm. You’ll get a check on the challenge just by triggering the stiff arm animation.

So, that’s what you need to know to master the stiff arm move and keep your enemies at bay in Madden 22.

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