Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph remains an important contributor for the secondary in 2019.
Entering his 14th season in the NFL after being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnathan Joseph has been able to enjoy a successful career as one of the most reliable and consistent cornerbacks the Houston Texans have had in franchise history.
Signing with the Texans in 2011, Joseph has been able to continue to play at an impressive level given he is entering his ninth season in Houston. At 35 years of age, Joseph has a few good seasons he can play at this level. but that isn’t the only reason he has been able to stay so long in this league.
Joseph has been an influential voice in the Texans locker room and a key cog in the secondary. Head coach Bill O’Brien has also been vocal in the value that he brings to the Texans. “He’s [Joseph] been that way since the day I walked in here. He’s got a lot of knowledge, so he’s able to impart that wisdom on younger players. He’s a very smart player. Whether its film preparation, preparing his body or obviously out on the field, I think he does a good job as a leader.”
Working as a mentor for the young incoming group of defensive backs in the Texans’ secondary will be important as they’ll have a savvy veteran to lean on and learn from that has been through the ups and downs in the NFL.
Texans are rebuilding their secondary with Joseph remaining as the only defensive back left from Rick Smith’s era as the general manager, his ability to maintain a pivotal role in the secondary is evidence of his work on and off the field for the Texans.