March 22, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #9 Johnathan Joseph

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season. 



The demise of Johnathan Joseph for the Houston Texans has been greatly exaggerated when you look at what he did closer. Joseph did give up five touchdowns this season which was his highest total since arriving to Houston. (3 in 2011, 2 in 2012) A nagging groin injury has zapped some of Joseph’s speed on the field, and he has issues with straight line speed wide receivers that can run right by him. His technique was sloppy at times, but he was being conscious of being beat over the top by the deep ball.

Joseph understood his limitations and tried to play to his strengths, which left him in off man at times. Joseph was impressive when it came to what he did overall in coverage. His numbers that normally don’t show up on the stat sheet were impressive.


87 Targets

He was the most thrown at defender by opposing teams.

48.3 % Completion Percentage

He was one of 7 NFL cornerbacks that had less that a 50% completion rate against, of the seven he had the third most targets of the group.

3 Interceptions

Led the Texans in that category. No one else on the team had more than one.

2013 Key Stats

47 total tackles (44 solo, 3 assists), 16 pass deflections


With a defense that struggled all season, Joseph still played at a high level, despite what eye test showed. His contract could still be an issue moving forward for the Texans, but there is a considerable drop off at the cornerback position without Joseph.

He is still an important piece of the defense, and General Manager Rick Smith made the right decision during the summer of 2011 signing Joseph over Nnamdi Asomugha. With a new defensive coordinator and vision for the team, Joseph could be used to his strengths once again.


Texans Top 20 of 2013: #10 Antonio Smith

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