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Giants Roster Breakdown: Linval Joseph

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Linval Joseph has become a good player for the Giants at defensive tackle. Can he take the next step and become a dominant one?

Linval Joseph during mini-camp
Linval Joseph during mini-camp
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Linval Joseph was the New York Giants best defensive tackle in 2012. He is a player the Giants have to hope will take the next step and become a Pro Bowl caliber player. He is also next on our list as we highlight all of the players on the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this month.

2012 Season In Review

The 2010 second-round pick became a force for the Giants in 2012, registering 59 tackles and four quarterback sacks. Joseph also had six quarterback hits, 16 hurries and a +6.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Joseph was +4.0 playing the run.

2013 Outlook

The Giants hope Joseph continues getting better. Despite his solid play a season ago the Giants were sub-par against the run. They need him to become a truly dominant force in the middle against the run. The Giants have more depth at defensive tackle this season, but Joseph is clearly the one player they have at the position who should be entering his prime.