June 05, 2020

Johnathan Joseph excited to be Titans’ new old guy

Johnathan Joseph excited to be  Titans’ new old guy

After 14 seasons in the NFL, including the past nine with the Houston Texans, newest Tennessee Titans cornerback Johnathan Joseph is back to square one in some ways.
Joseph, 36, came to the Titans as a free agent pickup last week and now is in the unique role of being the old guy and the new guy all at the same time.
The veteran cornerback, who was a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2006, said he is happy to help out his new and younger teammates in any way possible, as he comes to a new team himself.
“I’m just coming in and filling in where need be and giving my expertise and help out along the way. We drafted some guys here as well and it’s my job to show those guys the ropes,” Joseph said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. “Fifteen years ago, I was a first-round pick. I was in a lot of those guys’ shoes – a rookie, not understanding the playbook and just catching up with day-to-day life in the NFL and the rigors of the schedule, compared to being in college.”
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping teams from conducting off-season work in person, Joseph said he will use the extra time and the Zoom meetings to get himself ready for the 2020 NFL season.
“For me, just being able to be around the guys and being able to meet some of those guys and seeing how they interact in (Zoom) meetings, the way they handle themselves, I think that’s the biggest part about it,” Joseph said. “Me being a professional, it’s my job first and foremost to understand the playbook and get that down. With the extra time because of the Covid-19, I have more than enough time to get into the playbook and study. Obviously, you’re not out there moving around on the field, but things change and you have to speed up your memory process a little bit.”
In terms of fitting in, Joseph likes that unique position of being both teacher and student for now.
“I think just taking advantage of this time, having chances to be with the coaches and ask more questions, but just being in that student role and at the same time, being in a mentor role, and being able to ask those guys questions and being able to get feedback, I think it’s a good situation for me over all,” he said.
With Logan Ryan not returning, and the Titans adding two draft picks in the secondary in Kristian Fulton and Chris Jackson, Joseph said he is ready for whatever role is placed before him with Tennessee.
“I just have to be myself and not come in here looking to replace anybody or be the savior. I’m just coming in here to be whatever my job is and whatever my role is and do it to the utmost;,” he said.
Joseph leaves the rival Houston Texans for Tennessee, and also has a familiarity with his secondary coach Anthony Midget, who came over from the Texans, as well as head coach Mike Vrabel, who was his defensive coordinator in Houston in 2018.
He admits he is excited about joining the Titans.
“I think just having a history with him, and knowing his mentality and knowing his expectations (will help),” Joseph said. “Obviously playing against the Titans in the division, I know what they bring as a football team. They made a great push last year. They have a lot of great players on this team, and I think he’s doing a great job handling that. I think that’s what makes him a great coach.”
As for what keeps him youthful and eager to play in the NFL entering his 15th season, Joseph said that is simple.
“Just the love of the game. I think I do a great job of training in the off-season, taking care of my body and trying to stay ahead of the curve. This league is always about getting young. You have to do more the older you get,” he said.

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