‘Madden NFL 23’ announces addition of Jaylen Waddle’s iconic touchdown celebration in midseason update

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“Madden NFL 23” announced this week that it has added Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle’s iconic touchdown celebration to the game.

Dolphins fans can now score a touchdown with Waddle in the game and have him celebrate just as he has many times in real life.

Waddle has made his celebration famous with the Dolphins this season, showing that his rookie season wasn’t a fluke. Playing alongside Tyreek Hill, Waddle has been a dynamic weapon for the Dolphins so far in the 2022 season.

Hill and Waddle have teamed up to help lead the team to a 7-3 start, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is having the best season of his NFL career as a result.

In 10 games so far in the 2022 campaign, Waddle has caught 51 of his 75 targets for 878 yards and six touchdowns. He’s scored three touchdowns over the team’s last three games, including a two-score performance in Week 8 against the Detroit Lions.

It’s fantastic to see “Madden NFL 23” take notice of Waddle’s unique celebration and add it to the game to make it more realistic.

The Dolphins are in a great spot so far this season because of the play of Waddle and the offense, sitting atop the AFC East standings entering Week 11. Miami has a bye this week, but it is currently on a four-game winning streak.

The most impressive part of the Dolphins’ season may be the fact that the team is 7-0 when Tagovailoa starts and finishes games. The team’s only three losses came in games where Tagovailoa was either injured during the game or didn’t suit up as a result of injury.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Waddle is easily on pace for his second 1,000-yard season of his career. As a rookie, Waddle had 104 receptions for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns.

It may be hard for him to top that receptions number with Hill in town, but he is on pace to finish with more yards and touchdowns than he had in his rookie season.

Waddle and the Dolphins will be back in action in Week 12 when they take on the Houston Texans in Miami.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.