Houston Texans: Johnathan Joseph might be playing final game for team

Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Could Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph be playing in his final game with the team against the Chiefs this Sunday? Let’s take a look at the latest.

The Houston Texans are still playing for something in mid-January and it’s quite remarkable for me to admonish such a thing.  Over the past half-decade, there has been success at the seasonal-level but not necessarily when it comes down to the postseason.

Being one and done has been something that we’ve expected to see out of this team whenever they’re competing in the postseason but it’s different now.  You can obviously tell that the tide has turned, especially with their impressive comeback win over the Buffalo Bills this past Saturday.

They’ll be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs up at Arrowhead Stadium tomorrow afternoon and they cannot let what happened early in their matchup with the Bills repeat itself because Patrick Mahomes and his supporting cast will continue to have the Houston Texans pay for their mistakes.

Despite the odds, I have a good feeling about this team’s chances to upset the Chiefs.  When you have a quarterback of Deshaun Watson‘s caliber under center, you never know where he can lead you as evidenced in that amazing play in the final minutes of overtime in their Wild Card matchup.

The spin move heard around the world that resulted in a flip to third-stringer Taiwan Jones is definitely what this Houston Texans‘ team needed to give them the confidence that they can go out and beat anybody.

The Houston Texans have lacked that in a quarterback since the franchise’s beginnings as the guy under center was typically worried that he’d be replaced at the shake of a lamb’s tail.  But not Watson, he’s here to stay and this team will continue to flourish under his tutelage.

Speaking of beginnings, Johnathan Joseph, one of the franchise’s most-tenured players could be ready to go against the Chiefs this Sunday after being scratched out of the lineup against the Bills with a strained hamstring.

Joseph kept reiterating to the media yesterday that he’s “good to go this time,” and that he should be out there tomorrow afternoon.

He’s officially listed as questionable on the injury report and has been limited in practice all week, likely to keep him as healthy as possible.

Joseph has taken a back seat in playing time to Bradley Roby, Gareon Conley and Vernon Hargreaves who have been able to cover opponents’ pass attacks decently albeit not perfectly.

But because the Houston Texans have help at such a vital position, they can take their time with Joseph and not rush him back.

Joseph, 35, in the final season of a two-year, $10 million deal, will likely not be back next season

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as they’re trying to start a new era of defensive backs, with the aforementioned likely returning.

Whether he continues to playing remains to be seen but I’m sure there will be a job for him somewhere, possibly in coaching if his heart should so desire such a thing.  Just by watching him over the years, I think he’d be good at it but it’s a matter of what the 13-year veteran would be passionate about after his career his over.

He still remains one of the Houston Texans‘ greatest free agency signings since he joined the team back in 2011.

Could this be the swan song Joseph’s career as a member of the Houston Texans?

We’re about to find out.

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Joseph has accumulated 51 combined tackles — 43 solos — along with one interception and 13 passes defensed through 14 games — 11 starts — this past season.

His 17 career interceptions and 118 passes defensed with the Houston Texans keep him at the forefront of franchise history.