The NFL Draft is approaching. But before the next class of NFL stars enters the spotlight, many teams have already gone through a major facelift. While the Cleveland Brown offense offers a new dynamic, the Los Angeles Rams look like they could be the most improved team in the next season of Madden.
The Rams filled gaps on both sides of the ball. The departure of Sammy Watkins left a huge need at WR, but the Brandin Cooks acquisition more than makes up for it. While Watkins has more effective stick moves, Cooks has more Speed to break off behind coverage.
You don’t have to look too deep in the Rams’ quality playbook to find a play to utilize their talent pool. Here is one of my favorites:
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Cooks is the main WR. What makes this route work is the pairing with Robert Woods next to him. These two will typically split most deep zone coverage, Cooks breaking off over the top with Woods being the under option. Cooks is the speedster now, so watch for any mismatches in coverage and hit him when the DB is outclassed. Woods is a solid deep option when the safety bites on Cooks, but he’s inconsistent when pressured.
You have a few options for checkdowns here. Time your throw with Tavon Austin’s cut. If you can hit him with space, his stick moves are the best on the Rams roster. He can also be your best Hot Route option. Switch him over to a slant when you see the blitz coming.
Todd Gurley’s delayed route takes time to develop, so it won’t always be a great option. But something to keep in mind is when Gurley breaks, he’ll usually have blocking support from TE Tyler Higbee. It’s not the best play to hit Gurley, but it could lead to a quality first down when other options are well covered.
That’s just the offensive side. With the addition of Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters, the Rams take an already solid defense to an elite level.
The Talib/Peters pairing can shutdown most WRs, but the rushing pressure delivered upfront is clutch. The key here is well-timed attacks from you OLB. Rush the QB to the outside of Donald’s attack and you should be able to get to the QB consistently.
This should be a fun roster to play as next Madden season. But if you can’t wait, then you can always load up a community roster to get a preview of what this team might play like.
- Daniel Williams
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