Shutdown defenders have the talent to erase receivers from the game. When they enter the zone, their coverage is tighter and interceptions are more frequent on contested catches.
Force incompletionsDon't allow yards
Defenders with this ability don't allow broken tackles when hit-sticking ballcarriers - regardless of the runner's size or power.
Defenders with this ability have better conservative/dive tackling, are rarely faked out by ballcarrier moves, and cannot be faked out when user-controlled.