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Linval Joseph
DT #98
Height:
6-4
Weight:
329
Age:
27
College:
East Carolina
Experience:
7
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 278 176 102 12.5 0 6 0 0 -- 0 0 3 3
2015 MIN 12 12 56 42 14 0.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 MIN 16 16 47 28 19 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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 @SF L 3-20 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DET W 26-16 4 3 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 SD W 31-14 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @DEN L 20-23 3 3 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 KC W 16-10 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @DET W 28-19 6 5 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @CHI W 23-20 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 STL W 21-18 10 7 3 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @OAK W 30-14 7 4 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
11 GB L 13-30 9 9 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @ATL W 20-10 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 SEA L 7-38 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 @ARI L 20-23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 CHI W 38-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 NYG W 49-17 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @GB W 20-13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

2015 GP/GS                       Career GP/GS                                          Playoffs GP/GS

    12/12                      81/74 (53/46-NYG; 28/28-MIN)                     5/5 (4/4-NYG; 1/1-MIN)

• 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.

• Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 9 performance vs. St. Louis (11/8/15), the 1st time he has won the award in his career.

OFF THE FIELD Born in the Virgin Islands and moved to the US at age 10, settling with his family in Florida...Visited his home islands during 2014 with fellow Vikings defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd...Floyd and Joseph have become friends as Joseph grew up in Gainesville, FL where Floyd attended UF...Majored in communications at ECU...Has a Maltese-Yorkie cross named Lucky...Was a state-champion weightlifter as a junior in high school.

2015 GP/GS                       Career GP/GS                                          Playoffs GP/GS

    12/12                      81/74 (53/46-NYG; 28/28-MIN)                     5/5 (4/4-NYG; 1/1-MIN)

• 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.

• Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 9 performance vs. St. Louis (11/8/15), the 1st time he has won the award in his career.

OFF THE FIELD Born in the Virgin Islands and moved to the US at age 10, settling with his family in Florida...Visited his home islands during 2014 with fellow Vikings defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd...Floyd and Joseph have become friends as Joseph grew up in Gainesville, FL where Floyd attended UF...Majored in communications at ECU...Has a Maltese-Yorkie cross named Lucky...Was a state-champion weightlifter as a junior in high school.

PRO Signed with the Vikings as an unrestricted free agent in 2014...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 only 1 game from 2011-13...Originally selected in 2nd Round (#46) by Giants in 2010.

HONORS Recognized as the NFC Defensive player of the week Week 9 performance vs. St. Louis (11/8/15).

2015 Started all 12 games he played during the 2015 campaign…Inactive for 4 games with a foot injury…Totaled 71 tackles (43 solo) including 8 TFLs, and 0.5 sack. Pressured opposing QBs 26 times and recorded 2 PDs…Best game of the season came at St. Louis, led the d-line with a season-high 8 tackles (5 solo) and a career-high 3 TFLs with a half sack and 4 QB pressures

2014 Returned from a gunshot injury suffered during the 2014 preseason to start all 16 games along the Vikings defensive line...Made his Vikings debut, which included 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1.0 sack and 4 QB hurries, in the season opening win at St. Louis (9/7)...Finished the season with 73 total tackles (44 solo), 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks and 27 QB hurries...Helped the Vikings defense become the most improved in 2014, allowing 7.1 less offensive points per game than in 2013...One of eight new defensive starters for the Vikings in 2014.

2013 Started 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 sack in a game at Philadelphia (10/27) when he caught Matt Barkley...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 starter role with 15 starts and played 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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