3. Kelvin Joseph’s Speed Becomes a Factor
After losing Anthony Brown to a season-ending injury against the Colts last week, the time has come for Joseph to show why the Cowboys chose him in the second round and have stuck with him through his offseason legal issues. The one area where we could see an immediate impact from Joseph will be his ability to stick with the speedier receivers that Brown was seemingly covering every week. Brown has, at times, had problems staying with receivers on deep routes this season, and if Joseph is able to use his speed to defend those receivers, it will make this defense even tougher to beat.
I believe some of Joseph’s struggles this season go back to reps and confidence, but we’ve seen how the next-man-up situation in the NFL has kickstarted a player’s career. Just see Dak Prescott and Tony Romo. Both had to step in and hit the ground running.
So far this season, Joseph has been targeted by opposing quarterbacks 10 times, and those QBs have completed six passes for 81 yards. That’s a 60% completion percentage that I believe will drop with more playing time, and it starts against the Texans.