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Madden Ultimate Team: What are Attributes?

Posted November 11th at 3:00pm.

Ball Carrier Vision, Impact Blocking, Awareness… these terms are used by Madden NFL veterans all the time, and often with cryptic abbreviations. They’re called Attributes, and each of them has a specific effect on a player in Madden NFL 15.

Included below are tips for how users can examine and manage attributes in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT).

VIEWING ATTRIBUTES

Players can see their players’ attributes by examining the Depth Chart. They’re displayed in a grid like a spreadsheet.

In Madden Ultimate Team (MUT), attributes are displayed with View Item from the Item Binder. Users can also view attributes by selecting the highlighted item on the New Item, Lineup, or Auction Browser screens.

KEY ATTRIBUTES

When viewing a player in Compare mode, the selected player is displayed on the left. On the right is another player who could substitute at the selected position.  Between these two is a bar graph showing the attribute values for both players. This list is called the Key Attributes for the selected position, and these are most important to determining that player’s OVR (Overall Rating).

Pro Tip: Each bar has a vertical marker showing the League Average.

ALL ATTRIBUTES VIEW

Shoulder buttons on the controller move the display through these pages: Front, Key Attributes, Team Style, Description, and All Attributes. There are dozens and dozens of attributes that control how a player performs in the game.

The All Attributes view shows a scrolling list, which is moved up and down with the right stick. Advanced users are able to select players by deep diving with this list. 

BASIC ATTRIBUTES

Let’s start with the basics. First of all, every player has Height (HT). This really does make a difference during gameplay. Taller receivers can jump to grab a pass out of the air, and taller defenders are more likely to swat down passes or block kicks.

Here is a rundown on some of the other attributes all players share.

Pro Tip: Attributes highlighted in color are receiving a Style Boost from the current Team Style selections.

Speed (SPD) – How fast a player runs after fully accelerating.

Strength (STR) – Provides a boost for blocking, shedding blocks, power moves, throwing and trucking.

Agility (AGI) – How well the player cuts when running, responding to the Left Stick more quickly.

Acceleration (ACC) – How quickly a player achieves his full speed.

Awareness (AWR) – Reacting to the other players on the field, both teammates and opponents.

Jumping (JMP) – How high a player jumps.

Stamina (STA) – How quickly a player gets tired and requires substitution.

Injury (INJ) – How often a player will be injured.

RUSHING ATTRIBUTES

This group describes how players perform when carrying the ball. These are the primary focus for running backs, but they’re also important for receivers after the catch and scrambling quarterbacks.

Trucking (TRK) – How well a runner knocks down a defender’s tackle attempt.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Ground and Pound Team Style.

Elusiveness (ELS) – How well the runner jukes, makes spin moves, and breaks tackles.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Speed Run Team Style.

Ball Carrier Vision (BCV) – The runner’s ability to navigate in between blocks to hit holes.

Stiff Arm (SFA) – Effectiveness of the runner’s stiff arm move.

Spin Move (SPM) – Effectiveness of the runner’s spin move.

Juke Move (JKM) – Effectiveness of the runner’s juke move.

Carrying (CAR) – The runner’s ability to hold onto the ball and decrease the chance of fumbles.

RECEIVING ATTRIBUTES        

Once the ball is in the air, these are the attributes that help determine whether a catch is made. They are important for any receiver, including wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs.

Catching (CTH) – How well the receiver catches the ball while moving in the open field.

Catch in Traffic (CIT) – How well the receiver catches the ball with a defender near him.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Short Pass Team Style.

Route Running (RTE) – Creates more separation for the receiver against Man Coverage.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Long Pass Team Style.                     

Spectacular Catch (SPC) – How often the receiver makes sideline, one-handed, or jumping catches.

Release (RLS) – Determines the receiver’s ability to beat Press coverage.

THROWING ATTRIBUTES

These are almost always used by quarterbacks, but the occasional halfback pass or fake kick play will use the attributes of that throwing player instead. They sometimes determine the chance of actually making the throw attempt in addition to the accuracy of that throw.

Throw Power (THP) – Determines maximum throwing distance and the speed of the ball in flight.

Throw Accuracy Short (TAS), Mid (TAM), Deep (TAD) – Accuracy for passes under 20 yards, between 20-40 yards, and more than 40 yards.

Pro Tip: Throw Accuracy (THA) is important only in games that are simulated.

Throw on the Run (TOR) – How well the passer throws the ball when moving outside of the pocket.

Play Action (PAC) – How well the thrower’s fake handoff baits the defender into playing the run.

OFFENSIVE LINE ATTRIBUTES

Every offensive player that blocks on a play will use some of these attributes. In addition to offensive linemen, this includes tight ends, fullbacks, or even wide receivers.

Run Block (RBK) – How well the blocker engages the defender and holds his block for a run play. Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Ground and Pound and Speed Run Team Styles.

Pass Block (PBK) – How well the blocker holds his block when protecting for a pass play. Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Short Pass and Long Pass Team Styles.

Impact Blocking (IMP) – The ability to pancake (knock the defender down) when blocking in the open field.

Pro Tip: Run Block Strength (RBS), Run Block Footwork (RBF), Pass Block Strength (PBS), and Pass Block Footwork (PBF) are no longer used.

DEFENSIVE ATTRIBUTES           

While some of these attributes are more important to linemen than linebackers or defensive backs, all of these attributes are valued for defending players.

Tackle (TAK) – Determines success at making a tackle. Compared with Stiff Arm and Trucking.

Hit Power (POW) – How hard a defender tackles, including chance of fumbles and injuries.

Power Move (PWM) – Using strength to defeat the offensive line. Compared with Pass Block.

Finesse Move (FNM) – Using swim and spin moves to defeat the offensive line. Determines time required to perform a successful move.

Block Shedding (BKS) – Ability to get off a block, allowing pursuit of the ball carrier or success versus run block double teams.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Run Stuff Team Style.

Pursuit (PUR) – Ability to catch up to the ball carrier, when unblocked or when his block is shed.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Pass Rush Team Style.

Play Recognition (PRC) – Reacting to run or pass and defending specific routes. Also reacting properly to play action or screen plays.

Man Coverage (MCV) – Ability and tackle skill chance when man to man coverage is called. Compared with Route Running. Also knockout chance of a tackle versus Catch in Traffic.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Man Defense Team Style.

Zone Coverage (ZCV) – Ability and tackle skill chance when zone coverage is called. Also knockout chance of a tackle versus Catch in Traffic.

Pro Tip: Boosted in MUT by Zone Defense Team Style.

Press (PRS) – Ability to harass the receiver at the line of scrimmage when press coverage is called. Compared to Release.

SPECIAL TEAM ATTRIBUTES

These attributes are only used during field goal attempts or punts.

Kick Power (KPW) – Determines the maximum distance the player can kick or punt.

Kick Accuracy (KAC) – How easy it is to kick (affects the speed of the kick meter).

Kick Return (KR) – Enhances breaking tackles and elusiveness for kick and punt returners.

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