Madden NFL 21 Controls Guide

In this Madden NFL 21 Controls guide, we will give you an in-depth look at the myriad of control combinations present in the game.

With the right controls at your fingertips, rushing past a defensive line or getting a sweet intercept should be a piece of cake for you.

Madden NFL 21 Controls

The overwhelming number of control combinations and inputs can become a hassle to memorize, but with practice comes the utmost perfection.

Below is a list of all the inputs for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

As you employ each move during your playthroughs, you’ll become more and more familiar with the various combinational controls and inputs.

Offense

Pre-play Offense

X-Factor Vision LSHIFT or RMB RT R2
Snap Ball Space or LMB X Cross
Show Play Art LCTRL (Hold) LT L2
Pre-play Menu Tab R3 R3
Call timeout T Menu Button Touchpad
Audible A X Square
Hot Route H Y Triangle
Pass Protection P LB L1
Fake Snap ALT RB R1
Switch Player F or MMB B Circle
Player Lock Z Press L3 twice Press L3 twice
Motion Player Left/Right Arrows LS Left or Right (Hold) LS Left or Right (Hold)
Zoom Camera In/Out PGUP/PGDN or Scroll Wheel D-Pad Up/Down D-Pad Up/Down
Fake Snap ALT RB R1

Passing

Show Play Art/Scramble LSHIFT or RMB
Pass to Receiver Q, E, F, R or Spacebar A, B, X, Y Cross, Circle, Square, Triangle
Throw Ball Away X R3 R3
Lob Pass Pass Key (Tap) Tap Receiver Icon Tap Receiver Icon
Bullet Pass Pass Key (Hold) Hold Receiver Icon Hold Receiver Icon
Touch Pass Pass Key (Double Tap) Press Receiver Icon Press Receiver Icon
High Pass ALT or MMB (Hold) Receiver Icon + Hold LB Receiver Icon + Hold L1
Low Pass LCTRL or LMB Receiver Icon + Hold LT Receiver Icon + Hold L2

 Ball Carrier

Sprint LSHIFT or RMB RB Button R2 Button
Juke Left/Dead Leg/Juke Right A/S/D RS Left/Right RS Left/Right
Protect Ball Space (Hold) RB R1
Dive Q X Square
Truck R RS Up RS Up
Stiff Arm E A Cross
Hurdle W Y Triangle
Spin F B or rotate RS Circle or rotate RS
Pitch Ball ALT LB L1

 Ball in air Offense

Sprint LSHIFT or RMB RT R2
Switch Player F or MMB B Circle
Defensive Assist ALT (Hold) LB L1
Strafe LCTRL or LMB LT L2
RAC Catch Q X Square
Possession Catch E A Cross
Aggressive Catch R Y Triangle

 Blocking

Switch Player F or MMB B Circle
Player Lock Z Double Press L3 Double Press L3
Aggressive Impact Block W RS Up RS Up
Aggressive Cut Block S RS Down RS Down

 Player locked Receiver

Individual Play Art LCTRL (Hold) LT L2
Player Lock Z Press L3 Twice Press L3 Twice
Just-Go Release LSHIFT or RMB RT R2
Aggressive Footfire Release Q + Arrows Hold RS Hold RS
Conservative Change-up Release E A Cross
Cut out of Press A or D Flick RS Flick RS

Defensive Controls

Pre-play Defense

Linebacker Audible END Right D-Pad Right D-Pad
Coverage Audibles C Y Triangle
Defensive Keys P LB L2
X-Factor Vision LSHIFT (Hold) or RMB RT R2
Show Play Art LCTRL LT (Hold) L2 (Hold)
Call Timeout T Touchpad Menu Button
Pre-play Menu TAB R3 R3

Defensive (Engaged)

Speed Rush LSHIFT (Hold) or RMB RT R2
Contain LCTRL or LMB LT L2
Rip W RS Up RS Up
Bull Rush S RS Down RS Down
Club/Swim Left A RS Left RS Left
Club/Swim Right D RS Right RS Right
Swat R Y Triangle

Defensive (Pursuit)

Player Movement Arrows/Mouse
Defensive Assist ALT (Hold) LB L1
Strafe LCTRL or LMB LT L2
Aggressive Dive/Tackle Q X Square
Strip Ball Spacebar RB R1
Hit Stick W RS Flick Up RS Flick Up
Cut Stick S RS Flick Down RS Flick Down

Ball in Air Defense

Defensive Assist ALT (Hold) LB L1
Strafe LCTRL or LMB LT L2
Swat Ball Q X Square
Play Receiver E B Circle
Ball Hawk R Y Triangle