6. Jonathan Joseph
(2011-2019): 132 games played, 17 INTs, 4 TDs, 482 tackles, 8 TFLs, 5 forced fumbles, 82 passes defended
One of the most impactful free agent signings in Texans history, Jonathan Joseph is actually the NFL’s all-time leader in passes defended (195). He has been a two-time Pro Bowler and was named a 2nd team All-Pro in 2011.
Joseph’s place as one of the best cornerbacks of this decade in all of the NFL should not be questioned, though he’s never mentioned among players like Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman. He’s been one of the most consistent playmakers since he was drafted in 2006 and is likely the best defensive back to have ever played for the Texans.
With seven touchdowns in his career and four as a Texan, Joseph has delivered some memorable pick-sixes at crucial times. There was a 52-yard score off a Joe Flacco pick, a 60-yard TD after an Andy Dalton interception, an 82-yard runback against the Browns, and most notably a game-winning 28-yard return against Nathan Peterman.
To this day, Joseph is still performing at an exceptional well level considering he is 35 years old and usually playing against elite wide receivers.