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Madden 25 Defensive Back Ratings Explained

Charles Tillman knows a thing or two about being a good DB.
Charles Tillman knows a thing or two about being a good DB.

There are only a few articles left to explain the ratings in Madden 25, and today it’s the defensive backs that got the microscope treatment by EA. In a new blog released today, EA delved into precisely what a few of the key ratings for a DB do in the game, and they didn’t disappoint.

While it’s true that we still have not seen anything significant about Awareness in any of EA’s ratings blogs so far, what we did learn about Man Coverage (MCV) and Zone Coverage (ZCV) is pretty substantial. As it turns out, MCV does more than just dictate how well you stick with a receiver, it actually helps determines things like reaction time while in an assignment, the ability to effectively tackle after a catch, and even the likelihood of jarring a bar loose once it hits a receiver’s hands. While MCV is not the only rating that plays a part in those rolls, it is a common denominator, and certainly an even more powerful rating than we suspected.

Also detailed in the new Madden NFL 25 ratings blog is ZCV, and a small bit about Press. To learn more about what EA had to say on DB ratings, check out the recap below of all that was mentioned, or read the full blog for some pretty pictures along the way.

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Man Coverage (MCV)
• Determines chance of fakeout, used vs. Route Run.
• Determines the time it takes to cover a cut, used vs. Route Run.
• Determines the reaction time when in man-coverage assignment.
• Determines tackle skill chance when in man-coverage assignment, used with AWR.
• Determines when a defender can break out of ‘play ball’ (when the ball is in the air).
• Determines the knockout chance of a tackle during the catch, used vs. Catch in Traffic.
• Determine if a defender will bite and rush when his assigned player does a ‘block & release’ route.

Zone Coverage (ZCV)
• Determines tackle skill chance when in zone, used AWR.
• Determines accuracy of leverage on receivers when in zone.
• Determines the time it takes for the DB to track the ball when in zone.
• Determines knockout chance on a tackle during a catch, used vs. Catch in Traffic.

Press Coverage (PRS)
• Used against WR’s release ratings to determine length AND direction of the chuck.

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