After spending a good amount of time with the Skills Trainer and the two playable matchups in the Madden 25 demo, it is becoming obvious how big the read-option will be in this year's game.
We saw a preview of it in NCAA 14, but just as the play has infiltrated the real NFL, it has been implemented in Madden 25. Gamers can learn the dos and don'ts with the Skills Trainer, which I'd advise everyone to at least look at before playing the game.
There isn't anything that completely changes what you've always done with Madden included, but you can get the hang of reading the defensive end, which is the key to initial success with the play. I've already broken off some nice runs with the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, but I've also gotten him knocked silly by making the wrong read.
That's the fun of it—unless you're Wilson.
The second-year star's speed makes him a major threat in the read-option, but he isn't alone. Here's a look at three other players who are sure to wreak havoc when controlled by a read-option savvy gamer.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick's versatility helped usher in the read-option to a new level last year. He had a 50-yard touchdown run during the regular season and lit the Green Bay Packers up for two long runs during the playoffs.
In the Madden 25 demo, it is already apparent Kaep's skills with the ball will have to be a major focus for the defense. His speed rating is an 88, his agility is a 91 and acceleration is set at 92.
If he makes the proper read and keeps the ball, you better have capable tacklers on the second level, or he could be kissing his biceps in a matter of seconds.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
"Use at your own risk" should be labeled across every read-option play in the Redskins' playbook. You can almost bet RG3's injury rating will be a concern in Madden this year.
Making the wrong read or even having RG3 stay in bounds too long could mean Kirk Cousins is your quarterback for the foreseeable future.
On the flip side, we all know how fast RG3 can turn this gamble into a jackpot.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Lost in Kaepernick, Wilson and RG3's success from last year is the fact that Newton was the man who really helped to influence the presence of the read-option in the NFL.
In Newton's spectacular rookie season, he was beastly in the set. He scored 14 rushing touchdowns and followed that up with eight more in 2012. Unlike RG3, Newton has the size and strength at 6'5", 250 pounds to take a little more of a pounding.
Cam will still be a major factor in the set he helped pioneer on the professional level.
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