Johnathan Joseph, CB, Houston Texans
Ever since joining the Texans, Johnathan Joseph has been one of the more consistent corners over the last decade. Joseph played his last couple of years under Mike Vrabel when he was the DC and Shane Bowen when he coached linebackers. There are some obvious connections here, which doesn’t make Joseph joining the Titans all that crazy.
It’ll be interesting to see how Robinson views his corners this off-season. After the secondary was the team’s weakness for the last couple years, Robinson finally has himself a talented secondary. Logan Ryan had a solid year after coming over from New England and Adoree’ Jackson proved he’s a staple in the secondary with his promising rookie campaign. The question lies with the complementary pieces.
If Robinson has been watching any games the last two years, it should be evident that Brice McCain has played his last snap for the team (which was probably for a big gain). While Tye Smith and LeShaun Sims have had flashes, it might be smart to bring in a seasoned veteran for competition and experience in the DB room. If Vrabel is serious about having consistent coverage, then Joseph will definitely be in consideration for the front office.
When asked about his veteran corner, Texans HC Bill O’Brien had this to say: “He’s one of the leaders of the locker room, been that way since we got here. He’s asked to do a lot on our defense relative to covering top guys. He’s been doing that since we arrived here, but he’s a team guy. He’s a team guy. He cares about the team, he cares about the teammates, his coaching staff. That’s the best way to describe J-Jo is he’s a team guy.” (247sports.com).
That sounds like the exact mantra of what Robinson looks to bring into the Titans locker room, doesn’t it?
What doesn’t fall in Joseph’s favor is him being 33 years old and coming off of a year where he costed the Texans over $6 million. If he’s looking to match, or even up that number, then you can definitely count the Titans out of the race for his services.