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Linval Joseph
DT #98
Height:
6-4
Weight:
323
Age:
25
College:
East Carolina
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
59
SCK
3.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 175 106 69 9.0 0 4 0 0 -- 0 0 2 3
2013 NYG 15 15 59 33 26 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 NYG 16 16 59 33 26 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 2
2011 NYG 16 15 49 34 15 2.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 NYG 6 0 8 6 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @DAL L 31-36 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 DEN L 23-41 4 1 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CAR L 0-38 8 5 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @KC L 7-31 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 PHI L 21-36 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @CHI L 21-27 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 MIN W 23-7 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @PHI W 15-7 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 OAK W 24-20 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 GB W 27-13 2 0 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 DAL L 21-24 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @WAS W 24-17 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @SD L 14-37 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 SEA L 0-23 5 1 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @DET W 23-20 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 WAS W 20-6 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2010 (6/0-NYG), 2011 (16/15, 4/4-NYG), 2012 (16/16-NYG), 2013 (15/15-NYG). Total- 53/46, 4/4 (53/46, 4/4-NYG).

• Veteran DT earned Super Bowl XLVI title as a starter with NY Giants in win over New England following 2011 season. 

• Joined Vikings as 1st UFA signing of 2014 free agency period.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in communications at ECU...Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands...Was a state-champion weight lifter as a junior in high school.

PRO Starter on Giants run to Super Bowl XLVI after the 2011 season when the team went from a 9-7 regular season to the Super Bowl win, including road wins in the NFC Divisional Round (at Green Bay) and NFC Championship Game (at San Francisco)...Durable player comes to the Vikings with 46 starts in 53 career games and has missed 1 game from 2011-13...Originally selected in 2nd Round (#46) by Giants in 2010.

2013 Opened 15 games...Part of NYG defense that ranked #12 in the NFL in total defense...Posted career-high 10 tackles at Carolina (9/22)...Notched 7 tackles and a sack against eventual Super Bowl champion vs. Seattle (12/15)...Missed 1 game with injury, inactive vs. Philadelphia (10/6)...Notched other full sack in a game at Philadelphia (10/27) when he caught Matt Barkley...Opened season with a shared sack on Cowboys’ Tony Romo at Dallas (9/8).

2012 Started all 16 games for 1st time in career...Ranked 5th on team with 72 tackles...Notched career-high 4.0 sacks...Posted career-best 2.0 sacks at Dallas (10/28)...Had FF and FR vs. Washington (10/21).

2011 Moved into full-time starters role with 15 starts in 16 games...Opened all 4 playoff games en route to Super Bowl XLVI title...Had career-high 9 solo tackles vs. Green Bay (12/4)...Had a tackle and tackle for loss in Super Bowl...Had 3 tackles each in opening 3 playoff games of run to the title...Notched 1st career sack on Dolphins QB Matt Moore vs. Miami (10/30/11).

2010 Saw time in 6 games as a rookie, inactive for 10...Had season-best 5 solo stops at Green Bay (12/26)...Played in 1st NFL game vs. Chicago (10/3). 

COLLEGE  Started 27 of his 41 career games at ECU, opening 9 at NT and 18 at RDE...Earned 1st-Team All-Conference USA as a senior in 2009...Earned Honorable Mention All-CUSA as a junior...Scored a rushing TD in 2009 for the Pirates on a 1-yard carry.

PREP  Twice named Class AAA All-State and lettered 4 times in football...Earned state title in weightlifting as a junior...Competed in shot put and discus as team advanced to state meet.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2010 (6/0-NYG), 2011 (16/15, 4/4-NYG), 2012 (16/16-NYG), 2013 (15/15-NYG). Total- 53/46, 4/4 (53/46, 4/4-NYG).

• Veteran DT earned Super Bowl XLVI title as a starter with NY Giants in win over New England following 2011 season. 

• Joined Vikings as 1st UFA signing of 2014 free agency period.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in communications at ECU...Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands...Was a state-champion weight lifter as a junior in high school.

PRO Starter on Giants run to Super Bowl XLVI after the 2011 season when the team went from a 9-7 regular season to the Super Bowl win, including road wins in the NFC Divisional Round (at Green Bay) and NFC Championship Game (at San Francisco)...Durable player comes to the Vikings with 46 starts in 53 career games and has missed 1 game from 2011-13...Originally selected in 2nd Round (#46) by Giants in 2010.

2013 Opened 15 games...Part of NYG defense that ranked #12 in the NFL in total defense...Posted career-high 10 tackles at Carolina (9/22)...Notched 7 tackles and a sack against eventual Super Bowl champion vs. Seattle (12/15)...Missed 1 game with injury, inactive vs. Philadelphia (10/6)...Notched other full sack in a game at Philadelphia (10/27) when he caught Matt Barkley...Opened season with a shared sack on Cowboys’ Tony Romo at Dallas (9/8).

2012 Started all 16 games for 1st time in career...Ranked 5th on team with 72 tackles...Notched career-high 4.0 sacks...Posted career-best 2.0 sacks at Dallas (10/28)...Had FF and FR vs. Washington (10/21).

2011 Moved into full-time starters role with 15 starts in 16 games...Opened all 4 playoff games en route to Super Bowl XLVI title...Had career-high 9 solo tackles vs. Green Bay (12/4)...Had a tackle and tackle for loss in Super Bowl...Had 3 tackles each in opening 3 playoff games of run to the title...Notched 1st career sack on Dolphins QB Matt Moore vs. Miami (10/30/11).

2010 Saw time in 6 games as a rookie, inactive for 10...Had season-best 5 solo stops at Green Bay (12/26)...Played in 1st NFL game vs. Chicago (10/3). 

COLLEGE  Started 27 of his 41 career games at ECU, opening 9 at NT and 18 at RDE...Earned 1st-Team All-Conference USA as a senior in 2009...Earned Honorable Mention All-CUSA as a junior...Scored a rushing TD in 2009 for the Pirates on a 1-yard carry.

PREP  Twice named Class AAA All-State and lettered 4 times in football...Earned state title in weightlifting as a junior...Competed in shot put and discus as team advanced to state meet.

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