6 major takeaways from the Cowboys’ meltdown loss against the Jaguars
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.