Opportunity knocked soon afterwards when Cofield left for Washington prior to last season, and Joseph stepped up to the challenge, earning a starting role en route to a world championship.
Joseph enters the 2012 campaign with a cemented spot on the defense. But with the status of Chris Canty,
The outside world will see which direction the front office goes when the roster is cut down to 75 on Monday and finalized to 53 on Friday. Regardless, Joseph believes the depth will be there.
“Even with the injuries, we’ve got more bodies now,” Joseph said before Sunday’s practice. “I feel like we have enough guys, I do believe that.”
And as his stature continues to grow on the team, he’ll be another coach in the meeting room and on the field in the meantime.
“I just want to help the newer guys because they need help, want help,” Joseph said. “So I just want to make them come along and get better every day and every game. They look good.”
In 2011, Joseph played in all 20 games (19 starts including playoffs) and had a breakout performance with nine solo tackles in the team’s valiant – but losing – effort against the Packers in the regular season.
Another highlight for the East Carolina product came in the first-ever postseason game in MetLife Stadium against the Falcons. Along with
Joseph was asked if he has solidified himself within the organization, given his part in the Super Bowl run.
“I wouldn’t call it that,” Joseph said. “I’m just playing my role. I just do what I do for the Giants and do it the best I can.”