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How Madden Can Help Mold Your Young QB

As you may have known by now when it comes to being a successful in the NFL is studying, especially for quarterbacks. A quarterback can improve his understanding of X's and O's by studying his playbook on a computer or a tablet and by watching his coaches diagram plays on a whiteboard. That’s the old way of doing things that players still use, but there is another way to study the game. Yep, you guessed it it's video games. This is not a joke, if you play Madden and really pay attention to the details, you can be able to read a defense with no problem and it helps you decide on what play to run.

Bryce Petty, the second-year quarterback for the New York Jets, believes his football predilection has improved based on the way he plays Madden. This is what he had to say about the topic at David Harris charity golf outing. "I played Madden the other day, and it's not just picking tun plays anymore, It's like Oh, they've got an under front (on defense), You start picking things up differently"

Petty, who played in Baylor's no-huddle, spread offense, was a fourth round pick in 2015. He spent his rookie season learning to play quarterback in a pro-style offense. He didn't take a single regular-season snap, so you can say it was a redshirt year. " He made big strides in one

year," Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. At the age of 64, Gailey knows John Madden as a former Super Bowl-winning coach, not a name on a video game, however, he is Okay with anything that will help his players learn the game.

Of course you might have guessed, this is a critical year for Petty, who has new competition- rookie Christian Hackenberg, who was drafted in the second round. "For me, where I was when they drafted me last year to where I am now, it's night and day difference." Petty said. " For me, it's a process. Just watching film, I'm seeing things." If Bryce says that he feels like he made some big improvements since last year and we see it on the field, then the Jets might have something special in years to come. I like both Hackenberg and Petty, and I want to see them both succeed, but only one guy can be the starting quarterback.

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