Eagles signing veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph


The Eagles sign veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Joseph, 34, was a 2ndround pick of the Giants in 2010 and has spent time with the Giants, Vikings and most recently the Chargers in 2020 and 2021.

His best years were with the Vikings, when Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was on Mike Zimmer’s staff. Joseph and Gannon were together at Minnesota from 2014 to 2017, when Gannon was the Vikings’ assistant defensive backs coach before joining Frank Reich’s Colts staff in 2018 as a d-backs coach.

The Eagles, 8-1 and with the NFL’s No. 3 defense, punctured the run, especially since losing rookie 1stround pick Jordan Davis with an ankle injury. Davis has missed two games and will miss at least two more before he is eligible to return.

After allowing 144 yards to the Steelers, 168 to the Texans and 152 to the Commanders, the Eagles have now allowed 140 rushing yards in three straight games for the first time in 16 years. They are ranked 20e with 125 rushing yards allowed per game and 25e with 4.7 rushing yards allowed per wear. They allowed 320 rushing yards in two games with Davis.

And in the coming weeks, they’ll face Jonathan Taylor of the Colts, Aaron Jones of the Packers, Derrick Henry of the Titans, Saquon Barkley of the Giants, Justin Fields of the Bears, and Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys. .

Joseph, a 6-foot-4, 330-pounder, has started 162 games and appeared in 171 games in his 13 NFL seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 with the Vikings. He started 28 of 33 possible games with the Chargers over the past two years.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Joseph believes he is in great shape to play immediately”and could make his Eagles debut on Sunday vs. the Colts.

To make room for Joseph on the 53-man roster, the Eagles placed sophomore defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu on Injured Reserve, so he will be out at least until the Bears game in Chicago on December 18.

Joseph joins veteran starters Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave and backup Milton Williams in the Eagles’ defensive tackle rotation with Davis and Tuipulotu out. Practice squad interior lineman Marvin Wilson was a game day raiser for the Texans game.

Joseph is the third key defensive player Howie Roseman has added since training camp ended. The Eagles bought safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from the Saints on August 30, and he leads the NFL with six interceptions, and on October 26, the Eagles bought defensive end Robert Quinn from the Bears, though he has yet to show the form that earned him last year 18 ½ bags.

Tuipulotu, the Eagles’ 6th round pick last year from USC, has one sack, 16 tackles, two quarterback hurries and one tackle for loss in the Eagles’ nine games. He averaged 26 snaps per game, which is 38 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps.

The Eagles also officially placed Dallas Goedert on injured reserve, so he will miss at least four games, and activated Tyree Jackson off the PUP list on the last day of his 21-day practice period. They also signed safety Marquise Blair – the Seahawks’ 2ndround pick in 2019 for the exhibition squad and opened the 21-day exhibition period for defensive end Janarius Robinson.

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