Houston Texans: Jonathan Joseph 10th all-time in passes defensed
The Houston Texans now have a player on the all-time passes defensed list in NFL history following Sunday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Houston Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph put his name on an all-time NFL career list this past Sunday night as he is now ranked 10th all-time in passes defensed with 173 total in 177 games played.
This season Joseph has five passes defensed in five games, and three times in his career he’s finished a season with 20-plus passes defensed, including a season-best 22 passes defensed in 2015. His other 20-or-more passes defensed in a season came in 2006 and 2009 with the Cincinnati Bengals with 20 in each of those seasons.
For the 2018 season, Joseph ranks tied for 16th overall with the aforementioned five passes defensed, as he is tied with 19 others players for that spot. The current season leader after Week 5 is Dre Kirkpatrick of the Bengals with eight passes defensed.
Joseph’s pass defensed on Sunday vs. the Cowboys was the cause for an interception by safety Justin Reid.
According to Pro Football Focus Joseph grades in at a 60.6 overall though the first five games played, playing 338 total snaps, including 205 coverage snaps. In Week 5, Joseph played in 61 snaps on defense. This season Joseph also has 21 tackles, including two this past Sunday in Week 5 play.
Joseph might not be the best cornerback in the NFL as the 33-year old is in the latter stages of his NFL career, but he is still a good veteran presence to have on the roster as this is his 13th season in the league, including the past eight seasons with the Texans. Being in the final stages of his career it will be interesting to see how many more passes defensed Joseph can obtain this season.
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