Top 5 Run Free Players in Madden NFL 25
Madden 25 has reinvented the running game this season by giving gamers ultimate control in how they string together moves. Gamers are now able to use normal, precision and combo moves for over 35+ total moves to break down defenses. While taking a handoff will still be the traditional way to run free, gamers are going to be able to pull off these moves all around the field. Different situations and positions are going to give Madden players the ultimate ability to be more creative. Below are the Top 5 Players we look forward to running free with in Madden 25.
Many gamers think “Run Free” involves being in open space, however a power back like Lynch will be super effective using the force impact system. Lynch will boast an ability to pull off two different types of stiff arms in Madden 25. The first is a power punching style stiff arm that is done by tapping the button, use this in short yardage situations to move the chains. The other is performed by holding down the button and is best on the sideline. This will hold out the runners arm and can be used to drag defenders and gain additional yards at the end of the run. Lynch will also have access to the best precision truck moves in the game, which will flatten smaller defenders and keep defenses in their base personnel longer. With all the possible moves for power backs this year, running the ball in the redzone will be a huge factor in scoring more points!
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to work QB Russell Wilson in with the Read Option Game!
A dynamic defender goes mostly unnoticed, however every now and then they get a chance to shine when they get the ball in their hands. Teams are always looking to get the ball into the hands of one of the NFL’s best athletes like Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. If you are able to grab an interception, your defense can quickly turn into offense as you look to find a lane for the pick six. Peterson will also be a star in the return game in Madden 25. With better downfield blocking, you should be able to benefit with all the new moves. A player with the raw ability of Peterson might not need too much more than a well time acceleration burst to get to top speed where he will never be caught from behind!
Pro Tip: While the hurdle is an amazing move when successful, it can open your player up to risks like injuries and fumbles, use it wisely!
Robert Griffin III
Last season, we saw some unique offenses being unleashed around the league. Formations like the pistol and plays like the read option were added to schemes that featured a QB who made great decisions and had the speed to burn the defense. In Madden 25, the new read and pitch keys will help gamers determine who they need to be looking at on defense to make the proper read. If an overzealous defender tries to take out the running back, gamers can hold the ball with the QB and attack the now empty edge. RG3 will be a great player to utilize due to his abilty to make moves in the open field. We have already seen his spin move featured in the Run Free Trailer and it will be a great weapon with a defender approaching at an angle when running down the sideline.
Pro Tip: Stamina is a factor in Madden 25, make sure to protect your QB from big hits by going out of bounds if possible.
Every NFL fan knows the Green Bay Packers have one of the best QB’s in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers, but many overlook one of their best weapons in WR Randall Cobb. Cobb is a player that can line up almost anywhere and turn a quick play into a long one! No matter where your WR catches the ball in Madden 25, they will have the chance to run free after the catch. You can try Cobb on screens, end arounds, in the slot or outside and likely have success. Cobb will have a great ability to juke around linebackers if he has just a sliver of space. Make sure to work him all around your lineup at multiple positions and if the defense doesn’t account for him, make them pay!
Pro Tip: Make sure to protect the ball in traffic by holding RB on XBOX and R1 on PS3.
The NFL’s reigning MVP will be an amazing player in Madden NFL 25 with all the possible Run Free move combinations. Peterson will give gamers multiple moves that they can combo together to make entire defenses struggle. By using the precision mechanic, gamers can slow down Adrian Peterson to make sure he gets in behind his blockers before getting him quickly back up to speed with an acceleration burst. Faking out defenders by just quickly decelerating is a move that all the top players will master. When you pick up Madden 25, make sure to head into practice mode with the Vikings and test out Adrian Peterson and all the run free moves. Peterson is the quintessence of the new Run Free moves and is the guy you need to learn all the moves now at your disposal.
Pro Tip: Make sure to check your RB’s ratings to see what precision moves they can pull off!
Who are you most looking forward to #RunFree with this season? Leave it in the comments!