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NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 02, 2020 - The 2020 photo of Johnathan Joseph of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team.  This image reflects the Tennessee Titans active roster as of August 2, 2020 when this image was taken. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

Johnathan Joseph

Cornerback

#33

Experience: 15 years

Height: 5-11

Age: 36

Weight: 186 lbs

College: South Carolina

Biography

PRO: During the 2020 offseason, the Titans were looking to add veteran leadership and experience to the secondary. The club found just that when they signed Johnathan Joseph as a free agent in early May. The 5-foot-11-inch, 186-pounder arrived in Tennessee as a two-time Pro Bowl selection, having registered 31 career interceptions and 194 passes defensed in 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2006-10) and Houston Texans (2011-19). The University of South Carolina product originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the Bengals in 2006. Joseph has a knack for being around the football, having registered an NFL record 50 games with multiple passes defensed and having scored eight career touchdowns on returns in his illustrious career.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 
•   Joseph leads the NFL since 2011 with a 118 passes defensed.
•   Joseph passed Terence Newman (183) for the sixth-most passes defensed in NFL history. Joseph leads all active players and leads the NFL since he began his career in 2006 with 194 passes defensed.
•   Joseph has registered 50 games with multiple passes defensed in his career, which is the most in NFL history.
•   Joseph leads all active cornerbacks in the NFL with 750 career total tackles and owns 31 career interceptions, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
•   Joseph has scored on eight career touchdown returns (seven interceptions and one fumble recovery).
•   In 2015, Joseph led the Texans and set a single-season career high with 22 passes defensed, topping his previous best of 20 passes defensed in 2006 and 2009 with Cincinnati.
•   In 2012, Joseph was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after finishing the season with 66 tackles and two interceptions.
•   In 2011, Joseph was selected to his first career Pro Bowl and named Associated Press second-team All-Pro after tying for the team lead with four interceptions and collecting a team-best 15 passes defensed.
•   In 2009, Joseph started all 16 games for the first time in his career for the Benglas and notched 69 tackles, a career-high six interceptions and 20 passes defensed.

TITANS TIDBITS:
•   Joseph established the Johnathan Joseph Foundation in December 2012 to create and support programs that emphasize character development, to promote academic excellence and to support and create initiatives for disadvantaged youth from single-parent homes.
•   Joseph holds an annual football camp at Northwestern High School for youth in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C..
•   Joseph annually hosts "Operation Backpack" to offer students in Rock Hill, S.C. new backpacks for the upcoming school year.
•   During the 2017 season, Joseph donated $5,000 per interception, $1,000 for every pass defensed and $250 per tackle to Habitat for Humanity in Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief.
•   Joseph's father, John, worked at a cotton mill for over 30 years taking just one sick day over that timespan. He credits his father for molding him into the man he is today and instilling core values.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: 
•   The Rock Hill, S.C., native was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
•   Signed by the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011.
•   Signed by the Titans as a free agent on May 6, 2020.

SEASON RECAPS: 

2019 (14/11, 1/0 - Houston): Played in 14 games with 11 starts at cornerback in his 14th NFL season and totaled 51 tackles, one interception and 13 passes defensed. Was inactive for two regular season games and the Wild Card playoff victory.
•   At New Orleans (9/9), finished the season opener with seven total tackles and eclipsed 700 career total tackles over his 14-year career, which is the most among all active cornerbacks in the NFL.
•   Against Jacksonville (9/15), finished with seven total tackles and two passes defensed in the win. 
•   At L.A. Chargers (9/22), tallied a team-high nine total tackles and two passes defensed in the Week 3 win. Passed Terence Newman (183) for the sixth-most passes defensed in NFL history
•   Against Carolina (9/29), finished with three total tackles and two passes defensed, notching his 49th career game with multiple passes defensed, which passes Asante Samuel (48) and ties Ronde Barber (49) for the most career games with multiple passes defensed in NFL history.
•   Against New England (12/1), finished with four total tackles and two passes defensed, marking his 50th career game with multiple passes defensed, which passes Ronde Barber (49) for the most career games with multiple passes defensed in NFL history.
•   At Tampa Bay (12/21), posted his first interception of the season and the 31st of his NFL career when he picked off Jameis Winston. Passed Mike Adams, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Earl Thomas (30) for fourth among active players in interceptions and his 17 interceptions passed Kareem Jackson (16) for the most career interceptions in Texans team history.

2018 (14/14, 1/1 - Houston): Started 14 games at cornerback and recorded 58 tackles, 13 passes defensed, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and one tackle for loss. Was inactive for two games, including the regular season finale.
•   At New England (9/9), finished second on the team with seven total tackles and notched one pass defensed. Passed Aeneas Williams (168) for the 13th-most career passes defensed in NFL history.
•   At Indianapolis (9/30), tallied a team-high eight total tackles and one pass defensed. Passed Morlon Greenwood (385) for the seventh-most career total tackles in franchise history and tied Walt Harris (170) and Terrell Buckley (170) for the 11th-most career passes defensed in NFL history.
•   Against Dallas (10/7), finished with two total tackles and three passes defensed. His three passes defensed marked his 18th career game where he's recorded three-or-more passes defensed. Also passed Kevin Walter for the eighth-most games played in team history with 110 (2011-18).
•   Against Buffalo (10/14), recorded six total tackles, two passes defensed and one interception returned for a touchdown. Intercepted Nathan Peterman and returned it for a 28-yard touchdown to put the Texans ahead 20-13 with 1:23 remaining in the game.
•   Against Cleveland (12/2), notched one solo tackle and intercepted Baker Mayfield. The interception was the 30th of his career and 16th since joining the Texans, tying Kareem Jackson for the most career interceptions in franchise history.
•   Against N.Y. Jets (12/15), tallied a team-high nine total tackles and one pass defensed. Passed Brian Dawkins (179) for the eighth-most career passes defensed in NFL history.
•   At Philadelphia (12/23), recorded two solo tackles and one pass defensed. Tied Ashley Ambrose (181) for the seventh-most passes defensed in NFL history.
•   Against Indianapolis (1/5), tallied six total tackles in the Wild Card round.

2017 (16/16 - Houston): Started all 16 games at cornerback and tallied 47 tackles, nine passes defensed, two interceptions and two tackles for loss.
•   Against Tennessee (10/1), joined Terence Newman as the only active cornerbacks with 600 career tackles after racking up two stops.
•   Against Kansas City (10/8), started his fifth game of the season and 150th of his career and posted a season-high six total tackles.
•   Against Cleveland (10/15), earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after collecting three total tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions of Kevin Hogan, including an 82-yard pick-six. It marked Joseph's second career multi-interception game and first as a Texan. The 82-yard interception return for a touchdown marks the longest in Joseph's career.
•   At Tennessee (12/3), recorded four solo tackles and his second tackle for loss of the season while moving into ninth place in team history with 101 games played as a Texan.
•   Against San Francisco (12/10), made his 100th start for the Texans and posted two solo tackles and two passes defensed.

2016 (13/11, 2/2 - Houston): Saw action in 13 games with 11 starts at cornerback and tallied 45 tackles, nine passes defensed and one forced fumble. Was inactive for three games, including the regular season finale.
•   Against Kansas City (9/18), finished with five tackles and tied for the team lead with two passes defensed.
•   Against Tennessee (10/2), matched a season high with five tackles and added a pass defensed.
•   At Jacksonville (11/13), tied for the team lead with seven total tackles and recorded a pass defensed.
•   Against San Diego (11/27), led the team and matched his single-game season high with two passes defensed.
•   Against Oakland (1/7), became the first player in Texans history with 10 solo tackles and three passes defensed in a postseason game in the AFC Wild Card round. His 10 solo tackles were also a Texans postseason record.

2015 (16/16, 1/1 - Houston): Started all 16 games for the second straight season and totaled 58 tackles, a career-high 22 passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one tackle for loss.
•   Against Tampa Bay (9/27), tied a single-game career high with five passes defensed, matching his highest total since Nov. 8, 2009 against Baltimore.
•   At Miami (10/25), recovered his first fumble of the season and sixth of his career in the third quarter. Also contributed four solo tackles.
•   Against Tennessee (11/1), tied for fourth on the team with six tackles and led the team with two passes defensed.
•   At Cincinnati (11/16), posted four solo tackles, two passes defensed and an intercpetion of Andy Dalton. Including the postseason, has intercepted a pass in each of his last four games against the Bengals.
•   At Indianapolis (12/20), forced a fumble on Griff Whalen in the fourth quarter, which was recovered by Kareem Jackson. The Texans scored a field goal on the next drive and increased their lead to 16-10. It marked his first forced fumble of the season and sixth of his career.
•   Against Jacksonville (1/3), led the team with four passes defensed, which tied his third-highest single-game total of his career and second-highest of the season. Set a single-season career high with a team-best 22 passes defensed, topping his previous best of 20 in 2006 and 2009 with Cincinnati.

2014 (16/16 - Houston): Started all 16 games and finished with a career-best 75 tackles. Also had two interceptions, including a 60-yard interception return for touchdown, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.
•   Against Washington (9/7), led the team and tied a career high with 11 solo tackles.
•   At Oakland (9/14), forced a fumble and recovered a fumble and returned it 49 yards. Finished with five total tackles.
•   At N.Y. Giants (9/21), made five solo tackles and recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards.
•   At Dallas (10/5), tied for the team high with nine total tackles and registered a pass defensed.
•   Against Cincinnati (11/23), recorded his fifth career interception return for touchdown when he picked off Andy Dalton for a 60-yard return in the third quarter.
•   Against Tennessee (11/30), intercepted Zach Mettenberger in the first quarter and returned it 25 yards to the Titans' 20-yard line. Also had three tackles and a pass defensed.

2013 (15/15 – Houston): Started all 15 games he played in and led the team with three interceptions and 16 passes defensed to go along with 55 tackles. Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 24.
•   Against Tennessee (9/15), recorded seven solo tackles and one pass defensed.
•   Against Seattle (9/29), recorded three tackles, three passes defensed and an interception of Russell Wilson.
•   Against Jacksonville (11/24), totaled a season-high nine tackles and two passes defensed.
•   Against New England (12/1), notched three solo tackles and an interception of Tom Brady that he returned 31 yards.
•   At Indianapolis (12/15), tied a season high with nine tackles and returned an interception of Andrew Luck for 32 yards.
•   Against Denver (12/22), recorded his 16th pass defensed on the season before leaving the game with an injury.

2012 (14/14, 2/2 – Houston): Named to his second career Pro Bowl. Started 14 games and cornerback and finished the season with 66 tackles and two interceptions. Was inactive for two contests.
•   Against Miami (9/9), made six tackles and intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it 36 yards.
•   At Denver (9/23), made six tackles and led the defense with three passes defensed.
•   Against Tennessee (9/30), made four solo tackles and threw a key block that helped Danieal Manning return an interception 55 yards for a score.
•   Against Baltimore (10/21), picked off Joe Flacco and returned it 52 yards for his first touchdown as a Texan.
•   Against Cincinnati (1/5), intercepted his second career pass in postseason play when he picked off Andy Dalton and returned it 14 yards in the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoffs.
•   At New England (1/13), had five tackles, including three solo tackles in AFC Divisional playoffs.

2011 (15/15, 2/2 – Houston): Named to his first career Pro Bowl and selected Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro. Named Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFL, All-AFC Team and Peter King's All-Pro Team. Started 15 games at cornerback in his first season with the Texans and finished with 44 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions and a team-best 15 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Was inactive for the regular season finale.
•   At Miami (9/18), intercepted Chad Henne and returned it five yards to the six-yard line setting up a second quarter touchdown.
•   At New Orleans (9/25), recorded interceptions in consecutive games for the third time in his career when he picked off Drew Brees.
•   At Baltimore (10/16), intercepted Joe Flacco in the second quarter and made seven tackles.
•   At Tennessee (10/23), forced a fumble, made three solo tackles and broke up two passes.
•   At Tampa Bay (11/13), had two solo tackles and a hit on Kellen Winslow which forced the ball out where it was intercepted by Brian Cushing.
•   At Jacksonville (11/27), intercepted Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter and returned it 29 yards.
•   Against Cincinnati (1/7), recorded six solo tackles, including one for loss, while adding an interception of Andy Dalton and two passes defensed in the AFC Wild Card playoffs.
•   At Baltimore (1/15), recorded two solo tackles and three passes defensed in the AFC Divisional playoffs.

2010 (12/12 – Cincinnati): Started 12 games and made 53 tackles, while ranking second on team with 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. Was inactive for four games.
•   Against Tampa Bay (10/11), intercepted Josh Freeman in the second quarter and returned it 11 yards.
•   At Indianapolis (11/14), made five tackles and had a pass defensed, helping hold Peyton Manning to a season-low 185 passing yards and no touchdowns.
•   Against Buffalo (11/21), posted three tackles and two interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick including one returned for a touchdown, marking the first multi-interception game of his career.

2009 (16/16, 1/1 – Cincinnati): Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and tallied 69 tackles, a career-high six interceptions, 20 passes defensed, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
•   Against Pittsburgh (9/27), intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
•   At Cleveland (10/3), intercepted Derek Anderson on the goal line and returned it 32 yards in the third quarter.
•   At Baltimore (10/11), intercepted Joe Flacco at the goal line in the first quarter and returned it 21 yards.
•   Against Chicago (10/25), had his first forced fumble of the year when he stripped Devin Hester, with Dhani Jones recovering the loose ball.
•   Against Baltimore (11/8), posted a team-high five passes defensed, including a third-quarter interception of Joe Flacco on a deep pass.
•   At Pittsburgh (11/15), collected a team-high four passes defensed, with five tackles and a forced fumble in a win.
•   At Oakland (11/22), notched four tackles, plus a diving interception of Bruce Gradkowski in the fourth quarter.
•   At San Diego (12/20), picked off Philip Rivers at the Bengals 19- yard line in the second quarter.
•   Against N.Y. Jets (1/9), made his postseason debit and registered five tackles in AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

2008 (8/7 – Cincinnati): Saw action in eight games with seven starts and posted 42 tackles, 13 passes defensed, an interception, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Did not play in one game before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 21.
•   Against Baltimore (9/7), returned a fumble by Ray Rice 65 yards and produced the only Bengals touchdown.
•   Against Jacksonville (11/2), tied for team lead with 12 tackles and three passes defensed.
•   Against Philadelphia (11/16), had his first interception of the year, ending the Eagles' final scoring threat of the first half when he picked off Donovan McNabb and returned it 22 yards.

2007 (15/14 – Cincinnati): Played in 15 games with 14 starts and tallied 58 tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Was suspended one game by the NFL.
•   Against N.Y. Jets (10/21), went 42 yards for a touchdown with his first pro interception off of Chad Pennington, and the late fourth-quarter score provided eventual winning points.
•   Against Tennessee (11/25), snagged his second career interception outfighting Bo Scaife for a Vince Young pass in the first quarter.
•   At Pittsburgh (12/2), intercepted a pass for the second straight game, picking off Ben Roethlisberger at the Steelers' 24-yard line in the fourth quarter and returning it seven yards.
•   Against Cleveland (12/23), helped thwart a comeback bid by picking off Derek Anderson at the Bengals five-yard line in the fourth quarter, with a 23-yard return.

2006 (16/9 – Cincinnati): Appeared in all 16 games with nine starts at cornerback as a rookie and compiled 57 tackles, 20 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one quarterback hit.
•   At New Orleans (11/16), blocked John Carney's PAT try after Saints' final touchdown in the fourth quarter, the first Bengals' blocked PAT since 1991.
•   Against Baltimore (11/30), tied his season high with seven tackles and tied the team's season high with four passes defensed.
•   Against Oakland (12/10), recovered a fumble on the Raiders' first offensive play.

COLLEGE:
•   Played two seasons (2004-05) at South Carolina after playing the 2003 campaign at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
•   Entered NFL Draft after his junior season at South Carolina after playing only 14 games for the Gamecocks because of a broken foot that limited him to two games in 2004.
•   In 2005, played in 12 games with 11 starts and collected four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown to go along with 55 tackles and nine passes defensed.
•   In 2003, was ranked the 31st-best JUCO player in the nation by College Football News and earned all-conference honors at Coffeyville CC, after recording three interceptions, one for a touchdown, 43 tackles, a sack and two passes defensed.
•   Majored in criminal justice at South Carolina.

PERSONAL: 
•   Married to Delaina. He has four children - Jay'vion, Johnathan II, Danae and Jaxson Lee.
•   Attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School where he was all-state in football and all-region in track.
•   Follow Joseph on Twitter @JJOE2424 and on Instagram at @therealjjoe24.
•   Born Johnathan Lee Joseph on April 16, 1984, in Rock Hill, S.C.

2019 SEASON

  • TCKLS
    43
  • SCK
    0
  • FF
    0
  • INT
    1

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WK OPP RESULT Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
17 Titans L 14 - 35
16 @Buccaneers W 23 - 20 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Titans W 24 - 21 2 1 1 0 1 0
14 Broncos L 24 - 38 3 2 1 0 0 0
13 Patriots W 28 - 22 4 4 0 0 2 0
12 Colts W 20 - 17 2 2 0 0 1 0
11 @Ravens L 7 - 41 2 1 1 0 0 0
9 @Jaguars W 26 - 3 4 4 0 0 1 0
8 Raiders W 27 - 24
7 @Colts L 23 - 30
6 @Chiefs W 31 - 24
5 Falcons W 53 - 32 6 5 1 0 1 0
4 Panthers L 10 - 16 2 2 0 0 2 0
3 @Chargers W 27 - 20 9 8 1 0 2 0
2 Jaguars W 13 - 12 7 5 2 0 2 0
1 @Saints L 28 - 30 7 6 1 0 0 0

Career Stats

Defense Career

SEASON TEAM G GS Total Solo AST SCK SFTY PDEF INT YDS AVG LNG TDS FF OPP FR
2006 Cincinnati Bengals 16 9 53 41 12 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 Cincinnati Bengals 15 14 59 46 13 0 0 15 4 76 19 42 1 0 0
2008 Cincinnati Bengals 8 7 38 27 11 0 0 13 1 22 22 22 0 1 1
2009 Cincinnati Bengals 16 16 67 56 11 0 0 20 6 92 15.3 32 1 1 0
2010 Cincinnati Bengals 12 12 38 33 5 0 0 8 3 38 12.7 21 1 0 0
2011 Houston Texans 15 15 39 35 4 0 0 15 4 40 10 29 0 1 0
2012 Houston Texans 14 14 56 51 5 0 0 11 2 88 44 52 1 0 0
2013 Houston Texans 15 15 44 41 3 0 0 16 3 64 21.3 32 0 0 0
2014 Houston Texans 16 16 71 66 5 0 0 11 2 85 42.5 60 1 2 2
2015 Houston Texans 16 16 56 46 10 0 0 22 1 2 2 2 0 1 1
2016 Houston Texans 13 11 42 35 7 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 Houston Texans 16 16 46 36 10 0 0 9 2 85 42.5 82 1 0
2018 Houston Texans 14 14 57 48 9 0 0 13 2 46 23 28 1 0
2019 Houston Texans 14 11 48 40 8 0 13 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 186 714 601 113 0 0 195 31 638 20.6 82 7 7 5

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