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Madden 22 Running Back Superstar X-Factors Revealed

Following up on ratings week, EA is continuing its Madden 22 rollout with X-Factors week. First up was QB’s and now we have the full reveal of Superstar X-Factors for the men in the backfield. Madden 22 includes the familiar running back abilities that gamers have grown accustom to over the past couple years: Ankle Breaker, First One Free, Freight Train, Satellite, and Wrecking Ball. Check out the seven Superstar X-Factor RB’s below.

Madden 22 Ankle Breaker

Truly devastating receiving threats are the ones that catch and can’t be caught. When they enter the zone; they have increased fakeout rates on spin/juke/hurdle after the catch.

Zone: Increased fakeout rates on skill moves following the catch.

Trigger: Three 10+ yard receptions

Knockout: One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets

Madden 22 X-factors McCaffrey

The lone Ankle Breaker X-Factor at launch is Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Since entering the NFL, Run CMC has proven to be one of the most elusive backs in the game.

First One Free

Some players thrive on making defenders look silly. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their fakeout rate on the next juke, spin, or hurdle.

Zone: High fake-out rate on next juke, spin, or hurdle

Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards

Knockout: Tackle for loss

 

Two of the game’s home run hitting backs have the First One Free badge, Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook and Giants RB Saquon Barkley. Both running backs display generational talent and are an endzone threat every time they touch the ball.

Madden 22 Freight Train

Freight Trains are relentless runners who refuse to go down on first contact. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their chance to break the next tackle.

Zone: Increased chance to break the next tackle attempt.

Trigger: Three rushes for 10+ yards

Knockout: One tackle for loss

There are some running backs that you don’t want to get in front of and these two are high on that list. 2,000 yard rusher Derrick Henry and Cowboys workhorse Ezekiel Elliott carry the Freight Train ability in Madden 22.

Satellite

Some running backs have the talent to be elite receivers. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on possession and RAC catches against single coverage.

Zone: Wins RAC & possession catches vs. single coverage.

Trigger: Make three 10+ yard receptions

Knockout: One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets

One of the best dual-threat backs in football, Saints RB1 Alvin Kamara is equally special in the running and passing game. The ultra-smooth running back is the only player carrying the Satellite ability, although a case could be made Christian McCaffrey is right there with Kamara catching the ball out of the backfield.

Madden 22 Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball runners don’t avoid contact. They create it. When they enter the zone, this ability increases their success rate on trucks and stiff arms.

Zone: High success rate on next three trucks or stiff-arms.

Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards

Knockout: Tackle for loss

One of the more overlooked backs in the NFL showcases the Wrecking Ball ability in Madden 22. In many ways, the Browns go as their running game goes. That’s in large part due to Nick Chubb and his powerful, well-balanced running style.

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