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Player Profile: Linval Joseph

The New York Football Giants’ selected Linval Joseph with the 46th pick in the 2010 N.F.L. draft. Joseph, the defensive standout out of East Carolina, will be expected to come in right away and contribute to a defensive that struggled in all areas last season. When the Giants’ General Manager Jerry Reese said he would not draft simply for need, he wasn’t kidding. The Giants’ drafted two Defensive Linemen with there first two selections, when it was clear they had needs elsewhere.

If there’s one word to describe Linval Joseph, it’s simply the word huge. Joseph is enormous, standing at 6-4 and weighing 315-pounds.”He’s a big man, a powerful point-of-attack player,” Reese said of Joseph. “He holds his ground, clears up lanes for the linebackers. I wouldn’t call him a pass rusher, but he is disruptive.”

Joseph struggled with his weight early on in his collegiate career. After a back injury, he ballooned up to almost 380 pounds. After fixing his weight issues, which he contributes you to back injuries and “tunnel vision”, Joseph lost 70 pounds and had a breakout season, racking in 60 tackles last season. Joseph said he currently weighs 315 pounds and Reese said the team has no concerns about his weight or back. Joseph is similar to what you saw in Fred Robbins. Robbins was a feisty player who would get into your backfield and wreak havoc. With Robbins leaving the Giants’ to join his former Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in Saint Louis, the Giants’ needed someone to fill the void left by Robbins departure. Joseph can stop the run and clog the middle. That was also a big reason why the Giants’ drafted him. Something the Giants’ sorely lacked last season.
— “If you have some space eaters up front, the linebackers can make a lot more plays,” Reese said. “So this sure helps. We are cognizant of what people consider our needs and what we consider our needs are. But our most important need is good football players.” —
Strengths
Joseph has the size to play as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in an even front. Possesses very good natural strength and power to control the middle against the run. Exhibits really active hands necessary to keep blockers off his body.
Weaknesses
There are some weight concerns with Joseph. He also has dealt with a back injury, so durability is another flag. Must become more consistent with his pad level to improve his production level. Overall technique needs some polish, especially while rushing the passer.
Source: NFL Scouting Report on Linval Joseph
Joseph lost out on some coaching in College, which is why he is behind the gate technique wise, but it shouldn’t effect him much once he picks it up. Last fall, Joseph’s position coach, Rock Roggeman, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and took a leave of absence, so the line was left without a Defensive Line coach.
What can you expect from Linval Joseph in 2010?
I see Linval Joseph making big contributions to the Defensive Line this season. Joseph has all the attributes to fit in perfectly right away, assuming he cracks the rotation. Joseph has a knack of getting into the backfield. In his junior season last year, he had 15 QB knockdowns and three sacks, which is impressive, considering he missed a game also. You will likely see Linval Joseph and Chris Canty be the guys rotating in and out the most. Both Canty and Joseph will provide the “double teams” and take much needed pressure off of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. They will line up over the guards and clog the line, which is something the Giants’ missed last year. With the depth the Giants’ currently have it could be difficult for Joseph to crack the rotation if he can’t adjust quick enough. With Jay Alford coming back, assuming he’s healthy, Chris Canty back to full health and Barry Cofield starting, Joseph’s time could be limited.
However, I see him spending time rotating in and out with Chris Canty. I don’t believe Joseph will start the season as the starter, however, if Joseph comes on like I think he can, there’s no doubt in my mind he could finish the season getting more and more time and maybe even finish the season as the starter.
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8 Responses to “Player Profile: Linval Joseph”

  1. shai says:

    good article, video doesnt play

  2. Jeremy says:

    may you add Mario Manningham to your profile list as well.

  3. JW says:

    With Joseph down, currently up is:
    Eli Manning
    Osi Umenyiora
    Hakeem Nicks
    Antrel Rolle
    Justin Tuck
    Deon Grant
    Chris Canty
    Perry Fewell
    Keith Bulluck
    Mario Manningham

  4. shai says:

    we already know about eli manning, i’d say drop him.

    About our dline: I feel like we all were saying this year – “our DL is stacked how is anybody gonna block us?” – but i guess thats because we were saying it. But now lets look at it for 2010.

    DE: Tuck, Osi (i believe he will be starting week 1), Kiwi, JPP
    DT: Cofield, Canty, Joseph, Alford, Bernard (might get cut)

    Its 8 deep. Granted both rookies are unproven and Alford is one sick Brady sack away from being an unknown. But Osi and Cofield now being their 2nd year back from knee injury should be an upgrade from last year. (Which leads me to think about Keith Bulluck, who is but 7 months removed from an acl tear).

  5. Jason C. says:

    Add Alford to the list, he’s the guy I’d like to see become a starter, I think that DT position has a lot to be determined come the season opener.

  6. JW says:

    Shai: I already finished the Eli Manning one, there’s no reason not to post it, I might as well. There is news on Osi with his hip, he was told he needs surgery, but won’t have it because he can manage the pain and it won’t get worse, link coming shortly.

    Jason C: Alford added!

  7. […] We expect big things from Joseph. He’s huge (6-4, 315) and has a chance to be a run-stopping stud. JW wrote a great profile on him, which you can read here. […]

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