Linval Joseph of the Chargers rings on Michael Pierce of the Vikings
It would be reasonable for former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph to hold a grudge against his replacement.
Joseph was instrumental in helping the Vikings, who allowed the most points in the NFL in 2013, to the most stingy unit in the league in 2017. He has gone on to become one of the most domestic linemen. fearsome in the league and played six seasons at Minnesota before injury and age caught up. him.
The Vikings left Joseph, who now plays for the Los Angeles Chargers, last offseason and signed Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Michael Pierce as a true substitute down the defensive front.
Instead of shedding his Minnesota ties, Joseph has taken Pierce under his wing this offseason and recently touted his support for Pierce.
“He’s going to shock the League”
Last week, Joseph posted a photo of him and Pierce to Higher Power Training in Eden Prairie, Minn., With a caption giving Pierce his full support.
“I want to give my blessing to @ mpierce_97 for his next season with the Minnesota Vikings. He is young and talented and will shock the league this year with his performance. Let us all remember not to hate but rather to try to be awesome!
Pierce replied, “My The World. I’ll be back next week for more work, ”using the goat emoji to refer to Joseph.
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Pierce suffers a setback
Unfortunately, Pierce’s offseason training worsened on Monday after news of a “fairly minor” calf injury, according to the Star Tribune Ben goessling. He is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp, but should recover in time for the regular season.
Pierce’s calf injury becomes the latest setback as the 28-year-old has yet to see the pitch since Minnesota signed him in March 2020. Pierce has withdrawn from the 2020 season due to respiratory issues amid concerns during the pandemic. He revealed he was fully vaccinated at a press conference in April, according to a Pioneer Press reporter. Chris Tomasson.
The Vikings’ defensive line remains in good shape to start training camp with newly recruited veterans Dalvin Tomlinson and Sheldon Richardson leading the group. Jaylen Twyman, a sixth-round rookie who was hit by four balls in Washington DC last month, is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.
Armon Watts and 2020 fourth-round pick James Lynch are also expected to be in the mix for important reps during training camp.