Linval Joseph, a Viking known for pushing the pocket, hasn't been forgotten in New York for what he did in the Giants push through the postseason to claim Super Bowl XLVI.
Giants.com staff writer Dan Salomone wrote that New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin referred to Joseph as "**our friend**" on Wednesday during a media session.
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"Linval's a big, strong, physical defensive tackle," Coughlin said. "He plays on the nose. They feature a nose, a one-technique, a three-technique. He's on the center most of the time. He's a big, strong, knock-the-center-back kind of a guy. He takes care of the interior of the line of scrimmage. And he is a good player."
Joseph, who joined the Vikings as a free agent in 2014, has missed the past three games with a foot injury and was limited Wednesday as he tries to return to action against the team that drafted him.
The Vikings (9-5) can clinch a postseason berth with a victory over the Giants (6-8) on Sunday Night Football. Here are additional comments by the Giants about the Vikings this week.
Coach Coughlin on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher:
"I told the coaches Adrian looks like he's 25 again. He looks really good, he looks quick, he looks well-rested. He's powerful, and he's got the numbers to back it up."
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul on facing Peterson:
"He's everywhere. You look on film, you cut back right and you look like you're going to make the tackle, and he's just up the field for another 25 yards. He's a powerful running back, he breaks tackles, and just keeps on going. He's a great running back, and that's all I have to say about that. He's a big challenge for us on the d-line this week, and we have to play our part and stop the run."
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Giants QB Eli Manning on the Vikings defense:
"I think they do a good job. They play fast. They do the fundamentals very well. They tackle well, the play sound defense. They stop the run, they do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback, mixing in their coverages, so I think they're a good defense. They're not going to give you anything easy. You're going to have to earn everything and be smart and be patient.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings via Salomone on the Vikings defense:
"They're stout," Jennings said. "Their secondary is, too, so it's a good defense we're going against. We've just got to worry about us and making sure we understand the ins and outs of the plays that we're going to be running, finding ways to keep Eli clean, and doing it for four quarters. It will be a good challenge and we're excited to continue the success that we've had both in the pass and the run game."