Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) reaches for a pass while being defended by Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) and safety Ed Reed (20) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Joseph stands ready to succeed.

When Jonathan Joseph announced he was having double sports hernia surgery the collective response from most fans was “ouch!” Joseph has been a stellar pick up for the Texans since his arrival from the Bengals in 2011. The experience he’s had dealing with such can help Clowney make a full recovery ready for the start of the season. If there is a player the Texans have come to rely on in the back field, it’s Joseph. He’s respected by the team, plays hard and teams don’t throw his way as much as they do other players on the team. With the new system going into place, and Kareem Jackson looking to put time in as the slot corner Joseph will have more opportunities then last year to make an impact.

Why we believe:

The man played with two sports hernias, and still got out on the field and performed. Think about that, not one, two. Not for a game, a season it seemed. And he got it done. He’s learned from some great coaches, Phillips now Crennel makes for a crafty veteran. Like many Texan players, he’s not a big show boat guy, he gets to work, get’s it done. You don’t hear drama, or trash from him, but he’s got a lot of pride. A team full of strong players around him many ready to never have another 2013 season again. With the Front end of the defense changed, and the potential for more disruption that means a few more passes are likely to come his way. That’s fine by the Texans.

Why we worry:

He’s had a nagging tendency to get burned on on long passes and with the new system going into place it appear there will be a lot more moving around for the defense to try and mask what they are doing. Crennel has been known to double up backs to deny the opposing team a key weapon, such as when the Chiefs and Charges met Antonio Gates had two guys covering him. There is a lot going on in this defense that the players have not had to worry about under Wade Phillips. Joseph will have to be on his top form or he’ll be chasing a lot of receivers from behind.

All said, Joseph has been solid as a general rule. If he can avoid being burned on long plays and adapts well to the more complex defense the chance to intercept passes should go up.

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