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Three Reasons Joseph Improves Vikings Defensive Line

Posted Mar 12, 2014

The Vikings remained active in free agency on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Linval Joseph, one of the market's top defensive tackles. The Vikings defensive line instantly improves with the addition of Joseph, and here are three reasons why... 

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1. Mass Kicks Ass

Joseph is a massive defensive tackle, measuring in at 6-4, 323 pounds. The Vikings have been missing this type of giant, space-eating run-stuffer since Pat Williams left. Joseph has the size and strength to take on and occupy multiple blockers, which will keep the Vikings linebackers cleaner and allow them to chase and tackle without having to worry as much about shedding blocks. Also, Joseph is explosive enough, even at his size, to push the pocket from the middle against the pass, which makes life difficult for opposing quarterbacks because they won't have a nicely-formed and spacious pocket in which to drop back, step up and deliver. Joseph had 7.0 sacks the past two seasons, a productive number for a player of his size at that position. 

2. Durable Defender

Joseph is not a player who is missing from action very often. Over the last three seasons, he's missed just two games and he's started every game he's played but one. And because of his explosiveness and ability to disrupt the pocket, he doesn't have to leave the field on 3rd downs. With Letroy Guion (released last week) having battled injuries the past couple seasons and with Kevin Williams (free agent) poised to see a reduction in snaps per game so as to maximize his ability, Joseph's durability and reliability will be a huge plus for the Vikings.

3. Complement to Floyd

Last year the Vikings spent a first-round pick on defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, an athletic and disruptive defensive tackle in college who slipped down the draft board. Some speculated it was his size and measurables (short wingspan) that caused Floyd to slip to the Vikings. Regardless, the Vikings secured the services of a talented lineman to play their three-technique position along the defensive line. Well, the addition of the monstrous Joseph is a perfect complement to Floyd. No one will under-estimate Joseph's size, and his size and power combined with Floyd's athleticism and quickness gives the Vikings a dynamic duo at defensive tackle.