Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 2/46 -- Linval Joseph, DT, 6-5, 328, East Carolina: Joseph is a big-bodied space-eater who can crash the pocket and create congestion in the running lanes. - by The Sports Xchange
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09/06/17 - NT Linval Joseph is healthy, fresh off a giant contract extension and ready to prove he can be the best nose tackle in football. A year ago, the giant run-stopper with the nimble feet posted 100 tackles and four sacks. He was the first Vikings tackle to reach at least 100 tackles and four sacks since Henry Thomas in 1991.
08/05/17 - NT Linval Joseph agreed to a four-year contract extension. The extension is worth $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The extension was confirmed by his Joseph's agency, SportsTrust Advisors. Joseph, 28, had a career season in 2016 with 77 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Joseph is entering the fourth season of a five-year, free agent deal he signed with the Vikings in 2014.
12/21/16 - NT Linval Joseph has a career-high 89 tackles. That's the most by a Vikings defensive tackle since Kevin Williams had 98 in 2004.
11/10/16 - NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) did not practice again on Thursday and is looking doubtful for Sunday's game. If he can't play, Shamar Stephen, a larger starting three-technique tackle, will move onto the nose. He has experience there. Tom Johnson, the backup three-technique, will start. That will affect the run defense since Johnson's strength is rushing the passer, not stopping the run.
11/09/16 - NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. If he can't play this week, the Vikings will move Shamar Stephen, a larger starting three-technique tackle, onto the nose.