Troy Polamalu is one of the more versatile safeties you’ll have at your disposal in Madden. He stands just 5’10”, but is a tremendous athlete who can cover a lot of ground.
If you’re not afraid to try your hand at defensive back, virtual Troy can be a ridiculously valuable asset for a creative defensive mind. He’s quick enough to sniff around in the box pre-snap, bail out and cover a deep zone.
With the right timing, he’s also fast enough to come shooting through the line and smoke whoever’s in the backfield from a disguised coverage pre-snap position.
Just make sure you call plays that will allow him to roam. If you’re running schemes with Polamalu manning up on someone, or any sort of zone looks that don’t have him blitzing by default, competent offensive players are going to exploit the vacancy created by an out-of-position star DB.
They might challenge you on sight; user DBs are rare in Madden. Players usually opt to control a pass-rusher in the front seven.
That’s why learning how to manage Troy—and other defensive backs—can be such a tremendous advantage to players looking to put Dick LeBeau on notice.
It feels awfully nice to run an interception back to the house just because someone decided they wanted to test you.
Jamal Collier graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a law student who covers the NFL in his spare time. His work also appears on Yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter: