Protecting the ball in Madden 21 is extremely important. If you commit just 1 or 2 turnovers in a game there is an excellent chance that you’ll end up losing.

For whatever reason, EA Sports decided to rework the controls for sliding this year which left a lot of people lost and confused. It doesn’t help that there is lots of old/outated information floating around on the internet about how to slide.

In this post, we are going to go over the new and correct way to slide in Madden 21 on XBOX Series X/S, PlayStation 5, XBOX One, and PlayStation 4.

To slide in Madden 21, all you have to do is tap “X” on XBOX systems or “Square” on Playstation systems. You can do this with any player on the field but it is most commonly done with a quarterback to avoid a big hit.

If you instead want to just cover up the ball to decrease the likely hood of you fumbling, just hold RB/R1 to cover up the ball.

You won’t be able to break many tackles and you won’t run very fast, but you will hold onto the ball. The only exception is if you are a quarterback in which case you may want to slide instead.

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