Madden 22: Best RB Abilities

We've got the best Madden 22 abilities for running backs.

Most teams do not have a quarterback on the type of elite level that can win throwing the ball 50 times a game. A solid running game balances your offense and keeps the defense on their toes. If you are successfully running the ball, your entire playbook will be at your disposal.

Use the abilities that Madden 22 has to offer to maximize the strengths of your running backs. The running back position has become very versatile as they do more than just run and block these days. Choose the abilities that enhance the skill set the player already has.

1. Backfield Master

Over the course of the game, your opponent will start to pick up on your habits. Favorite plays and formations will become easily identifiable. What worked in the first quarter or half can be deemed irrelevant in the second half. This ability will keep your offense unpredictable by giving you four additional hot routes to choose from.

Backfield master also increases route-running and catching skills against linebackers and linemen. One of the routes they add is Texas, which is a Cover 2 killer. If the defense is smothering your slot, outside receivers can use this hot route to make them pay for leaving the mid-zone of the field wide open. There is also an option for a flat route which you can use if they are filling up the box and you want to force them into a zone.

2. Reach For It

It can never be stressed enough that football is a game of inches. Nothing is more controller-throwing worthy than a turnover on downs by getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage.

Sometimes, relying on the hope of a successful flick of the analog stick or perfectly timing a stiff arm is not enough for a new set of downs.

The Reach For It ability allows ball carriers to gain extra yards while being tacked more frequently. It is very effective when running dive and zone plays directly at the defensive line as the back will fall forward in the direction you are moving. Passes to your running back out of the backfield are usually 10 yards or less, so this ability can help to get you across the line on passes that fall just short of the sticks.

3. Evasive

The running back position has changed over the past few years and Madden has done a good job of adjusting its mechanics to provide a more realistic experience in-game. Fullbacks were for power and halfbacks for speed and elusiveness. It is very important to use abilities to enhance a player based on the type of strengths they have and Madden 22 makes that easy for you.

Evasive is the combination of the jukebox and spin cycle abilities. The ball carrier now has the ability to pilot juke and spin moves. Speed kills and you can’t be tackled if they can’t catch you. Stretch and toss plays benefit from this ability since once they bounce you to the outside, you aren’t in as much traffic and can use evasive maneuvers to make defenders miss.

4. Tank

There are some heavy-hitting linebackers and safeties in the league that will make it hard to gain yardage even against bigger backs like Derrick Henry. The outcome can be a perfectly timed hit stick that knocks the ball free and causes a turnover. It can also be the difference between stopping the clock out of bounds or being stopped right before stepping out.

The Tank ability will break almost any hit stick tackle attempt. Be sure to use this ability on a power running back to gain maximum effectiveness. It can be of great benefit for goal-line and short-yardage situations. Inside Zone and Dive runs are great 1st and 2nd down options when using the Tank ability.

5. Bruiser

Running backs take a lot of punishment from the defense. Once the ball is handed off, they have eleven defenders rushing in their direction. Good blocking will not stop the inevitable nature of being outnumbered once you pass the line of scrimmage. A power back can help to combat this issue.

The Bruiser ability combines the Arm Bar and Bulldozer abilities. It gives the ball carrier extra power during truck stick and armbar animations. This can be great for you on stretch and toss plays when one-on-one with a cornerback or linebacker. Use running backs like Nick Chubbs or Derrick Henry to get the most out of this ability.  

Madden 22 did a great job providing abilities that reflect the current skill sets of today’s running backs. Use Backfield Master on great receiving backs like Christian McCaffrey and Tony Pollard. Reach For It is great for the traditional north and south type of running back. Tank and Bruiser can take power backs and turn them into Derrick Henry. Stacking some of these abilities can pay dividends for you as well. You can stack Tank and Reach For It to create a back that will bulldoze through the line and also have a tendency to stumble forward rather than being stopped on a dime.


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