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Madden NFL 20 Glitch Allows Helmet Catches

Madden NFL 20 is just a few days from releasing to the general public, but those with EA and Origin Access already have their hands on the title. And there might be a few glitches, as players have started to notice.


How good is Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith, Jr? We won't know until the NFL preseason rolls around and we see him in action. But according to Madden NFL 20, he's more than capable of corralling a ball with his helmet, keeping it balanced just long enough to grab it and run for a score.

And then there's this clip that made the rounds this past weekend of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, who apparently should have the ball in his hands at all times. Justin Tucker looks like Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson in Madden NFL 20, and we're pretty sure that's not a thing that's supposed to happen.

For the record, though, we'll be massively disappointed if Justin Tucker didn't forward that video to his coach.

Glitches aren't that uncommon to see in Madden titles. And it's debatable whether the Irv Smith, Jr. catch is a glitch or just one-in-a-million physics at work. After all, it's not like the ball hits his helmet and stays glued there without budging. It eventually teeters backward until a teammate attempts to grab it, at which point Irv Smith, Jr. manages to secure it himself. You could just as easily say Dolphins wide receiver Greg Camarillo glitched real life and made a leg catch. And there's this Antonio Freeman classic that he somehow managed to grab. People would almost certainly be calling those bugs in Madden NFL 20.


The Justin Tucker thing, though? Definitely a glitch. Kickers shouldn't be able to do that.

Madden NFL 20 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Aug. 2, 2019. There may be some patches coming in the first few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.