The first step to fixing a glaring weakness is to acknowledge it. The Philadelphia Eagles took action on that front by signing veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph on Wednesday.

Joseph will look to fill the void left by rookie Jordan Davis in the interior of the defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 239-pounder is a bona fide run-stuffer who once led the entire NFL in run-stop percentage. Joseph has also been productive when asked to rush the quarterback as evidenced by his 25 career sacks in 12 seasons. He was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Minnesota Vikings where he worked under Jonathan Gannon in 2017.

The 34-year-old fits the Eagles’ scheme and should slide right in as a space-eating nose tackle. He has 644 total tackles in 171 career games, including 56 tackles for loss. Joseph racked up 31 run stops during the 2016 campaign, four years after winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

Linval Joseph believes he is ready to play and could make his Eagles’ debut Sunday vs. the Colts. https://t.co/1hyzlgQIbC

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2022

Head coach Nick Sirianni addressed the Eagles’ porous run defense on Monday night after giving up 152 rushing yards to Washington. Philadelphia is about to face a murderer’s row of running backs: Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis), Aaron Jones (Green Bay), Derrick Henry (Tennessee), and Saquon Barkley (New York).

“We’ll look at this tape and see what went down on this game, knowing that, hey, when you show that a team attacks a place, we’re going to see it again, right, and then we’re going to see that again,” Sirianni told reporters. “So, we’ll work like crazy to get it fixed, and we understand that that will be the narrative of how to beat us. We have to own that and fix it, and we will.”

How much do the Eagles miss Jordan Davis in Run Defense? 😮

Jordan on the field:
3.87 yards/carry

Jordan off the field:
5.10 yards/carry pic.twitter.com/HXP9Wxy9L5

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 15, 2022

Eagles Activate Tyree Jackson, Put 2 Players on IR

The Eagles made a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday as they started preparing for the Indianapolis Colts. The team placed tight end Dallas Goedert and defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu on injured reserve. Both players are …read more

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