6. Cowboys’ Kelvin Joseph Pick Looking Worse and Worse by the Week
Kelvin Joseph made his first start on Sunday with Anthony Brown out to injury, and it went … not well at all. Joseph hasn’t played well, even coming off the bench, and he continued to struggle in a starting role against a not-that-great Jaguars receiving corps.
Joseph finished the game allowing two catches on three targets for 69 yards, both of which were touchdowns. He recorded a tackle, but also missed one. After Joseph’s game-saving pass breakup last week, some hoped that would signal the beginning of a new side of his game, but that just wasn’t the case Sunday.
In 102 coverage snaps this season, the former second-round pick has allowed 12 receptions on 18 targets for 228 yards, four touchdowns, and a 66.7% completion percentage. Joseph was a bit of a surprise second-round selection, per the fans and media at the time, and perhaps they were correct in their assumptions about him.
Joseph just isn’t ready, and I don’t know if he ever will be. His off-field issues certainly haven’t helped him, and now he’s been benched in his first start in favor of another questionable Day 2 pick in Nahshon Wright. Maybe recent roster addition Trayvon Mullen can be a solid replacement for Brown, because Joseph certainly isn’t.