For those of you who weren’t able to tune into the EA Sports live stream of Madden 15, we’ve put together a few of the important takeaways that serious Madden gamers will need to know.

The stream focuses mostly on defensive gameplay improvements.  Some of the new information includes:

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  • Madden 15 ratings will begin to come out on Monday
  • New Max protect in offensive line slide protection replaces aggressive shift. Max protect blocks all TEs and RBs
  • Bluff Blitz added. Player starts like he is blitzing and then drops into coverage
  • Triangle/Y + right stick allows you to protect over the top, underneath, shade coverage inside or shade coverage outside
  • Y/Y or triangle/triangle instructs your defense to protect the first down marker
  • You can make defensive adjustments at the same speed as previous years. The much talked about hot route delay only applies to offense
  • Wide defensive formations do a better job of stopping outside runs
  • You now have the option on offense to bat down throws with your wide receiver that you think will be intercepted
  • QB Contains are much improved
  • All-Pro will feel much more difficult than last year
  • Still all kinds of dropped picks everywhere
  • No information yet on Madden 15 Ultimate Team or Connected Franchise Mode

If you watched the stream and think we missed anything, let us know in the comments section below.

For those of you who missed the live stream, you can watch it here.