Madden 21 Guide: How to Stiff Arm

Wondering how to stiff arm in Madden 21? This guide will have you shoving off defenders like Derrick Henry in no time.

The stiff arm has long been a fan-favorite move in Madden. With the flair of a Heisman Trophy pose, a well-timed stiff arm can swat would-be tacklers away like a big brother swatting a little brother in the yard, leaving them in the dirt as you march down the sideline. 

On the surface, the stiff arm is easy to pull off, but there are some tricks to using it that can make it even more powerful. If you want to learn how to stiff arm in Madden 21, this guide has exactly what you're looking for, including when to stiff arm and which players can deliver the best stiff arm moves in the game.

How to Stiff Arm in Madden 21

Though it may be tricky learning the many different controls and button combos in Madden 21, the stiff arm is thankfully quite simple.

To stiff arm press:

  • "A" on Xbox One
  • "X" on PS4

Stiff arm when a defender is in range

Like every skill move, performing a stiff arm too early makes it easier for the defender to overcome your move, while doing so too late means you'll likely be tackled before you can even try. 

Let the defender get close enough to shove them off

A stiff arm can move a defender well out of the way, and in some cases even shove them to the ground, giving you a clear path downfield for a big gain or a touchdown.

10 Players With the Highest Stiff Arm Rating

Every player in Madden 21, from running backs and wide receivers to QBs, is given a stiff arm rating, and these are the 10 best offensive players according to their stiff arm rating. Here they are:

  • Derrick Henry, RB, Titans (98)
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints (92)
  • Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets (91)
  • Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks (91)
  • James Conner, RB, Steelers (90)
  • Melvin Gordon III, RB, Broncos (90)
  • Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions (89)
  • Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Cowboys (89)
  • Nick Chubb, RB, Browns (88)
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders (88)

There's usually not such a delta between the top two players in any skill category, but Henry's six-point difference over Kamara is surely respectful of the former's wildly impressive run in the 2019 season and through the playoffs.

Now that you know how to stiff arm, you can use the skill move alongside the spin and the hurdle to rack up your yards after contact. For more Madden 21 tips, be sure to head over to our guides hub.


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Published Sep. 12th 2020

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