Five Texans players who might be finished in Houston
No. 4: Johnathan Joseph, CB
Keeping emotions out of the decision, it is time for the Houston Texans and Johnathan Joseph to walk different directions in free agency this offseason. In his nine-year tenure with the Texans, Joseph — who is now just a couple months away from being 36 years old — played in 14 games for the 2019 season, so yes, he is durable, but the cornerback had 13 deflections and one interception.
In ’19, Joseph also had 43 solo tackles and was targeted by opponents 78 times, allowing 48 receptions, which was the 23rd moat allowed in the NFL this past season. Graded at a 64.0 for the ’19 season by Pro Football Focus, Joseph saw his grade drop dramatically from the previous season when he was graded at 80.4, as in the ’18 season he totaled 52 solo tackles and was targeted by the opposing team 84 times. In ’18, Joseph allowed 47 receptions, and he had two interceptions.
The only way Joseph stays on this team is if he is just a role player and not a starter (he made 11 starts in ’19), but even then maybe this is the right time for not only the Texans, but also for Joseph, to have a fresh start.