Position Guide

The quarterback is easily the most important position on the field at any given time.  He is responsible for relaying the play call to the offense, calling protections, and reading defenses.  Whether a statue in the pocket, a field general, or a mobile playmaker, the quarterback dictates the pace of play and the overall performance of an offense before the ball is even snapped.

Famous Quarterbacks

Johnny Unitas

John Elway

Dan Marino

Brett Favre

Eli and Peyton Manning

Tom Brady

Primary Attributes

Pass Accuracy

Pass Strength

Read Coverage

Composure

Consistency

 

Animations

4th Quarter Comeback – QBs and their receivers play better with under two minutes left in a half.

Breakaway Burst – Improves running from a defender and improves receivers’ ability to make cuts on routes.

Clutch – Player has higher situational awareness.

Deception – Improves QB ability to Pump Fake.

Leadership – Makes nearby players better.

Pass Threat – Makes Draw plays more effective.

Pocket Presence – Increases Pass Accuracy while in the pocket at the cost of Speed and Agility.

QB Evade – QB gains the ability to make special evasions from defenders.

Quick Release – QB releases the ball faster, making sacks more difficult to get.

Scrambler – Reduces the penalty to throwing while on the run.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

The runningback is the workhorse of the offense.  A jack of all trades, the runningback runs the ball, catches the ball, and blocks during pass plays.  He is either a powerful machine that plows through the trenches created by the lines crashing into each other or he is nimble and slippery, hard to tackle and frustrating to defend.  The runningback is always a threat.

Famous Runningbacks

Eric Dickerson

Walter Payton

Bo Jackson

Marshall Faulk

Barry Sanders

Adrian Peterson

Le’veon Bell

Primary Attributes

Speed

Agility

Run Route

Break Tackle

Catch

Secure Ball

 

Animations

Arm of Steel – Player has 2nd level stiff arm.

Ankle Breaker – Player has 2nd level juke.

Battering Ram – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder.

Branching Tackles – Player is harder to tackle while running with the ball.

Breakaway Burst – Improves running from a defender and improves receivers’ ability to make cuts on routes.

Clutch – Player has higher situational awareness.

Cutback Ability – Helps receiver make better cuts when running routes.

Cyclone – Player has 2nd level spin.

Finesse – Player has 2nd level juke, spin, and hesitation, but at a slight penalty.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Power – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder and stiff arm, but at a slight penalty

Scissor Kick – Player has 2nd level Scissor Kick.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Stop on a Dime – Player has 2nd level hesitation.

Workhorse – HB becomes better in all attributes the more he carries the ball.

Known as the diva of any offense, every receiver wants the ball.  They are lean, fast, and agile, cutting and speeding their way past defenders trying to get open.  They are either deep threats, streaking down the field making basket catches on long passes or possession receivers, frustrating defenses by picking up 5-7 yards at a time getting first down after first down.

Famous Wide Receivers

Don Hutson

Steve Largent

Jerry Rice

Terrell Owens

Marvin Harrison

Randy Moss

Antonio Brown

Primary Attributes

Speed

Agility

Run Route

Catch

 

Animations

Acrobatic Catches  – Player can make spectacular catches.

Arm of Steel – Player has 2nd level stiff arm.

Ankle Breaker – Player has 2nd level juke.

Battering Ram – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder.

Branching Tackles – Player is harder to tackle while running with the ball.

Breakaway Burst – Improves running from a defender and improves receivers’ ability to make cuts on routes.

Bump Buster – Receiver is especially good at breaking through bump coverage.

Clutch – Player has higher situational awareness.

Cutback Ability – Helps receiver make better cuts when running routes.

Cyclone – Player has 2nd level spin.

Deep Threat – Receiver is better at catching deep passes and draws safety coverage.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Magic Feet – Player is better at catching passes near the sideline and staying in bounds.

Mr. 3rd Down – Player has better situational awareness to catch passes on 3rd down.

Possession – Player has better situational awareness when running shorter routes.

Return Specialist – Player is the go-to man to return kicks.

Route God – Player runs routes very smoothly.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Stop on a Dime – Player has 2nd level hesitation.

Tough in the Middle – Player has better situational awareness when catching balls while being hit.

The Tight End has held many roles in the history of football.  An added blocker, a screen pass receiver, a 3rd down escape valve.  Whatever the role, the tight end is generally a large target with moderate speed and catching ability.  A useful, versatile tool, the tight end will always have a spot on any offense.

 

Famous Tight Ends

Mike Ditka

Kellen Winslow

Dave Casper

Shannon Sharpe

Rob Gronkowski

Tony Gonzalez

Primary Attributes

Speed

Agility

Run Route

Break Tackle

Catch

Secure Ball

 

Animations

Acrobatic Catches  – Player can make spectacular catches.

Arm of Steel – Player has 2nd level stiff arm.

Ankle Breaker – Player has 2nd level juke.

Battering Ram – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder.

Branching Tackles – Player is harder to tackle while running with the ball.

Bump Buster – Receiver is especially good at breaking through bump coverage.

Clutch – Player has higher situational awareness.

Cutback Ability – Helps receiver make better cuts when running routes.

Cyclone – Player has 2nd level spin.

Deep Threat – Receiver is better at catching deep passes and draws safety coverage.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Magic Feet – Player is better at catching passes near the sideline and staying in bounds.

Mr. 3rd Down – Player has better situational awareness to catch passes on 3rd down.

Possession – Player has better situational awareness when running shorter routes.

Return Specialist – Player is the go-to man to return kicks.

Route God – Player runs routes very smoothly.

Spin – Player has 2nd level spin.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Stop on a Dime – Player has 2nd level hesitation.

Tough in the Middle – Player has better situational awareness when catching balls while being hit.

Generally a larger, tougher version of his runningback counterpart, the Fullback plays a more grinding and supportive role.  Used mostly in a pass protection and goal line sets, the fullback’s most glorious plays are when they bust through the trenches for 1-2 yards for first downs and touchdowns.  It is not a widely used position anymore and most professional teams don’t even have one on the roster, but they still play a vital role in certain game plans and schemes.

 

Famous Fullbacks

Larry Csonka

Franco Harris

Jim Brown

Mike Alstott

John Riggins

Lorenzo Neal

Primary Attributes

Strength

Run Block

Pass Block

Secure Ball

 

Animations

Arm of Steel – Player has 2nd level stiff arm.

Ankle Breaker – Player has 2nd level juke.

Battering Ram – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder.

Branching Tackles – Player is harder to tackle while running with the ball.

Breakaway Burst – Improves running from a defender and improves receivers’ ability to make cuts on routes.

Bump Buster – Receiver is especially good at breaking through bump coverage.

Clutch – Player has higher situational awareness.

Cutback Ability – Helps receiver make better cuts when running routes.

Cyclone – Player has 2nd level spin.

Finesse – Player has 2nd level juke, spin, and hesitation, but at a slight penalty.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Power – Player has 2nd level Lower the Shoulder and stiff arm, but at a slight penalty

Scissor Kick – Player has 2nd level Scissor Kick.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Stop on a Dime – Player has 2nd level hesitation.

Workhorse – HB becomes better in all attributes the more he carries the ball.

The Defensive Tackle plays on the inside of the defensive line, in the middle of the trenches.  They push hard into the offensive tackles, trying to drive them back into the quarterback, collapsing the pocket.  They play vital roles in closing inside gaps in the running game as well.  They tend be one of the largest players on the field.

 

Famous Defensive Tackles

“Mean Joe” Green

Bob Lilly

Alan Page

Cortez Kennedy

Warren Sapp

John Randle

Vince Wilfork

Primary Attributes

Speed

Strength

Tackle

Pass Rush

Run Coverage

 

Animations

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Club – Player has Club arm move that allows him to shed blocks.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Rip – Player has a Rip move that allows them to shed blocks.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Swim – Player has Swim move that allows him to shed blocks.

The Defensive End is a balance of size, toughness, speed, and agility.  He is a rare combination of athletic ability that is rarely found in other sports.  The defensive end is where you will find football’s most formidable pass rushers, either plowing through or streaking by offensive linemen, leaving them spinning or falling as they watch the quarterback fall to the ground.

 

Famous Defensive Ends

Doug Atkins

Deacon Jones

Howie Long

Reggie White

Jared Allen

Julius Peppers

Primary Attributes

Speed

Strength

Tackle

Pass Rush

Run Coverage

 

Animations

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Club – Player has Club arm move that allows him to shed blocks.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Rip – Player has a Rip move that allows them to shed blocks.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Swim – Player has Swim move that allows him to shed blocks.

One of the more versatile defenders on the field, the Linebacker plays a variety of roles.  They play pass coverage, run coverage, pass rusher, and are essentially the quarterback of the defense.  They are large and fast and are asked to barrel through the trenches to pressure the quarterback.  They keep runs that break through to minimal gains and break up short passes over the middle.  They are the second line of defense and possibly the most important.

 

Famous Linebackers

Chuck Bednarik

Cornelius Bennett

Mike Singletary

Dick Butkus

Derrick Thomas

Lawrence Taylor

Brian Urlacher

Primary Attributes

Speed

Coverage

Tackle

Pass Rush

Run Coverage

 

Animations

Ball Hawk – Defender makes faster breaks towards balls in the air.

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Closing Speed – Gives defender a burst of speed when pursuing a ball carrier.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

Footsteps – Causes the receivers near this defender to fear them, making it more difficult to make catches.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

The cornerback is the first line of defense a wide receiver has to get past.  He is built like a receiver, tall, light, fast, and agile.  Able to keep up, make the moves with the receiver along the route, or even predict the route and get into position first.  They are the coverage specialists.  They have to think like a receiver and a quarterback and make the big plays when needed to get the defense off the field.  They are the main source of interceptions and pass deflections and match ups of superstar corners and wideouts are battles felt across the entire field.

 

Famous Cornerbacks

Dick LeBeau

Ty Law

Ronde Barber

Aqib Talib

Darelle Revis

Patrick Peterson

Richard Sherman

Primary Attributes

Speed

Agility

Coverage

Tackle

 

Animations

Ball Hawk – Defender makes faster breaks towards balls in the air.

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Bump Master – Player performs Bump Coverage on receivers with greater effect.

Closing Speed – Gives defender a burst of speed when pursuing a ball carrier.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

Footsteps – Causes the receivers near this defender to fear them, making it more difficult to make catches.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Return Specialist – Player is the go-to man to return kicks.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

The Safety position is comprised of two types in two different ways.  The Free Safety is usually assigned to the QB in man coverage, but as the QB tends to stay in the pocket, he is “free” to follow the ball as the play develops.  In most cases, the free safety assists the cornerback playing on his side of the field, providing an added level of defense for mid to long range pass plays.  Safeties are also used in blitzing and run coverage schemes, making more than extra coverage, but hard hitting tacklers as well.

 

Famous Free Safeties

Emlen Tunnell

Larry Wilson

Paul Krause

Steve Atwater

Brian Dawkins

Ed Reed

Earl Thomas

Primary Attributes

Speed

Tackle

Coverage

Pass Rush

Run Coverage

 

Animations

Ball Hawk – Defender makes faster breaks towards balls in the air.

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Bump Master – Player performs Bump Coverage on receivers with greater effect.

Closing Speed – Gives defender a burst of speed when pursuing a ball carrier.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

Footsteps – Causes the receivers near this defender to fear them, making it more difficult to make catches.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Return Specialist – Player is the go-to man to return kicks.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

The Safety position is comprised of two types in two different ways.  The Strong Safety is generally lined up on the “strong side” of the offense where the tight end is set.  They are usually larger than their “free” counterparts and play more forward to cover more mid range passes.  They play as a hybrid of linebacker and cornerback as they tend to drop into coverage and stop the run in most schemes. Safeties are also used in blitzing and run coverage schemes, making more than extra coverage, but hard hitting tacklers as well.

 

Famous Strong Safeties

Ken Houston

Dennis Smith

John Lynch

Tim McDonald

Darren Woodson

Troy Polumalu

Kam Chancellor

Primary Attributes

Speed

Tackle

Coverage

Pass Rush

Run Coverage

 

Animations

Ball Hawk – Defender makes faster breaks towards balls in the air.

Big Hit – Increases the chance for the player to deal a big hit to a runner.

Bull Rush – Player can push his blocker backwards.

Bump Master – Player performs Bump Coverage on receivers with greater effect.

Closing Speed – Gives defender a burst of speed when pursuing a ball carrier.

Clutch – Player can make big plays in tight situations.

Footsteps – Causes the receivers near this defender to fear them, making it more difficult to make catches.

High Helmet Tackles – Player will make high tackles that can stop some tackle breaking moves from the runner.

Leadership – Player makes others around him play better.

Loose Ball Magnet – Player is especially good at recovering fumbles.

Reach Tackle – Player may make tackles even while being blocked.

Return Specialist – Player is the go-to man to return kicks.

Run Reader – Player reacts to run plays faster.

Stamina – Player has exceptional Stamina and stay on the field longer before needing a rest.

Sack Master – QBs have a hard time evading this player.

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