EAGAN, Minn. — At 329 kilos, Linval “Huge Goon” Joseph is the heaviest participant on the Minnesota Vikings roster by 13 kilos, however the Professional Bowl nostril deal with isn’t gradual.
Joseph sparked the Vikings of their 23-21 win over the Eagles in Week 5 when he returned a fumble 64 yards for a landing.
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EA Sports activities took discover of Joseph’s run and introduced they have been boosting his velocity score in Madden NFL 19 by 12 factors to an 80, which ties him with Fletcher Cox because the third-fastest defensive deal with within the online game. The one gamers with a quicker velocity score than Joseph are Tyquan Lewis (83) and Ifeadi Odenigbo (82).
“I’m not gradual,” Joseph mentioned. “I do know I may be huge, however I’m actually not gradual. Even once I ran the 400 and 200 (meter relay in highschool), I didn’t get first, however I didn’t get final. I at all times made factors for our staff. I like working. Working is enjoyable.”
In keeping with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, Joseph reached a max velocity of 18.2 miles per hour on his fumble-return landing. To place that into context, Jets security Marcus Maye reached a max velocity of 18.three miles per hour on his 104-yard interception return that wasn’t a landing towards the Broncos.
A multisport athlete at Santa Fe (Fla.) Excessive Faculty, Joseph excelled away from soccer in powerlifting and observe and discipline. His greatest occasion was the discus throw and shot put, the place he usually got here away with first place awards; the latter occasion earned him the title of state champion his senior yr.
He additionally often discovered himself within the winner’s circle of the “Fats Man Relay,” the place athletes round his measurement (roughly 250 to 275 kilos, Joseph mentioned) competed towards one another on foot. Even at 315 kilos in highschool, Joseph’s athleticism allowed him to outrun these smaller than him.
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Following the Vikings’ win, quarterback Kirk Cousins supplied up help to get Joseph concerned extra with the offense. Lots of his teammates answered in related vogue this week. Even Arizona coach Steve Wilks joked that Joseph “appeared like a working again or a receiver.”
Whereas Joseph mentioned he’s performed tight finish and working again earlier than (he scored a 1-yard speeding landing at East Carolina in 2009), the possibility of him transferring over to the opposite facet of the ball regularly is very unlikely.
However Joseph’s athleticism is plain, though he believes he shocked some within the Vikings group together with his velocity on the best way to the top zone.
“I feel I did,” Joseph mentioned. “I feel it was fairly good type. It was enjoyable, man. It was a dream come true. I used to be telling all the fellows that in my profession, I nonetheless must get an interception, however I need an interception and a landing. It was fairly good to catch the ball and present all people that I’m quicker than what I look.”