'Madden' boosts Linval Joseph's speed rating after 64-yard TD
/ Vikings

By Courtney CroninESPN Staff Writer

EAGAN, Minn. -- At 329 pounds, Linval “Big Goon” Joseph is the heaviest player on the Minnesota Vikings roster by a good 13 pounds, but the Pro Bowl nose tackle isn’t slow.

Joseph sparked the Vikings in their 23-21 win over the Eagles in Week 5 when he returned a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown.

EA Sports took notice of Joseph’s run and announced they were boosting his speed rating in Madden NFL 19 by 12 points to an 80, which ties him with Fletcher Cox as the third-fastest defensive tackle in the video game. The only players with a faster speed rating than Joseph are Tyquan Lewis (83) and Ifeadi Odenigbo (82).

“I’m not slow,” Joseph said. “I know I might be big, but I’m really not slow. Even when I ran the 400 and 200 (meter relay in high school), I didn’t get first, but I didn’t get last. I always made points for our team. I like running. Running is fun.”

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Joseph reached a max speed of 18.2 miles per hour on his fumble return touchdown. To put that into context, Jets safety Marcus Maye reached a max speed of 18.3 miles per hour on his 104-yard interception return that wasn't a touchdown against the...

Keep reading