Madden 18 will have defensive hot routes and adjustments specific to your players’ positions.  In previous Madden games, every defensive player on the field had the same set of hot routes that you could assign.

It made no sense for a defensive tackle to be assigned to a deep blue zone 30+ yards downfield.  EA Sports has changed the hot routes so that depending on where your players line up, they have a specific group of hot routes that you can perform with them.

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Here is a full list of the hot routes that each position will be able to do in Madden 18.

Outside Defensive Back

  • Outside Third Deep Zone (Cover 3 Deep Outside Deep Zone)
  • Cloud Flat
  • Hard Flat
  • Soft Squat
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • Deep Half Zone (Cover 2 Invert zone)
  • Outside Quarter Deep Zone (Outside Cover 4 Deep Zone)

Slot Defensive Back

  • Seam Flat
  • Vertical hook
  • Hard Flat
  • Curl Flat
  • Man Coverage
  • QB Spy
  • Blitz
  • Bluff Blitz

Deep Half Safety (Cover 2 & Cover 4 Looks)

  • Deep Half Zone (Cover 2 Deep Zone)
  • Hook Curl
  • Inside Third (Cover 3 Middle Deep Zone)
  • Curl Flat
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • QB Spy
  • Inside Quarter Zone (Inside Cover 4 Deep Zone)

Deep Middle Safety (Cover 1 & Cover 3 Looks)

  • Deep Middle Third Zone (Cover 3 Middle Deep Zone)
  • Middle Read Zone
  • Outside Third Deep Zone Left
  • Deep Half Left
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • Outside Third Deep Zone Right
  • Deep Half Right

Inside Linebacker

  • Middle Third Deep Zone
  • Middle Read
  • Hook Curl
  • Curl Flat
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • QB Spy
  • Bluff Blitz

Outside Linebacker and Four Man Line DE

  • Seam Flat
  • Vertical Hook
  • Hard Flat
  • Curl Flat
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • QB Spy
  • Bluff Blitz

Defensive Tackles and Three Man Line

  • Vertical Hook Left
  • Vertical Hook Right
  • Hook Curl Left
  • Hook Curl Right
  • Man Coverage
  • Blitz
  • QB Spy
  • Bluff Blitz