The Cleveland Browns are hoping safety Karl Joseph is an impact acquisition.
Karl Joseph has the makings of an impact contributor for the Cleveland Browns defense in 2020. Joseph, who was signed to a team-friendly one-year deal this offseason by the brown and orange, should bring a physical element to Cleveland’s defense.
The 2016 first round pick of the then-Oakland (and now Las Vegas) Raiders has a reputation as a thumper. In the box and filling in the run game is where Joseph routinely has made his presence felt. At his best, Joseph is coming downhill and finishing ball carriers, and doing so with bad intentions.
For the Browns, it’s reasonable for them to expect that out of him, as Joseph again showcased that ability with the Raiders. He had 49 tackles (38 solo) with the silver and black in 2019, and as an in-the-box safety, had a Pro Football Focus grade of 82.2, as h/t Sports Illustrated‘s Anthony G. Halkias.
Joseph unfortunately was limited to only nine games due to a foot injury in 2019, though. That was tough for him and his prior squad, but Joseph has reportedly been practicing and appears to be getting in valuable reps with the Browns thus far in team practices, as DPD’s Randy Gurzi demonstrated.
So when looking at the upcoming campaign for Cleveland, what should we expect from Joseph, then?
We’ll highlight three 2020 goals for Joseph for the Cleveland Browns.
Joseph’s first goal is in relation to his tackling and efficiency for Cleveland this upcoming season, of which is set to be his fifth in the NFL.