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Defensive tackles never get enough respect. They do the thankless run-stuffing work on the down-and-dirty side of the ball, rarely making the highlight reel with sacks.
Every good defensive tackle is underrated and underpaid and slept on in free agency. The Giants' Linval Joseph is just the best of this year's sleepers.
The East Carolina product did not go to a big school or get drafted in the first round. He deserves elite money for his position, though.
He has averaged more than 55 tackles and three sacks over the past three seasons and has been consistent year to year. He has missed just one game in three years for a Giants defense that would have been poor against the run if not for the 323-pound Joseph clogging the middle.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told Jordan Raanan of NJ.com:
You don't miss a guy like Linval until he's not in there because he's steady. He doesn't get a lot of press, he doesn't get a lot of attention, but he's always there. He's solid each week...He's one of those guys that's kind of underappreciated, that you don't talk a whole lot about, but if he's not there, there's that big void.
Fewell just defined a sleeper right there.
Best Fit: New York Giants
The Giants don't generally pay defensive tackles. They draft them. But with many holes, they would be wise to lock up the 25-year-old Joseph before he officially hits the free-agent market next month.
He is such a free-agent sleeper that the Giants might score a coup, with him taking a hometown discount.
"This is where I started at; I love this organization," Joseph told Raanan. "I love the scheme. I love it here. It's home."
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