Originally written August 19, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the New York Giants, that player is defensive tackle Linval Joseph. The Giants have one of the best defensive lines in the league. They ranked 3rd in the league with 48 sacks last season and their defensive line play was a key part of their Super Bowl run. When you think of their defensive line, the obvious names come to mind: Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, etc. You probably don’t think about Linval Joseph, but if he keeps it up, you will. Joseph was a 2010 2nd round pick and, in his first season as a starter in 2011, Joseph played very well. After playing just 63 snaps as a rookie, Joseph played 611 in 2011 in the regular season. On 304 pass ru...
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