Goal No. 2: Have four passes defensed, completion percentage of 61.0 percent in primary coverage
Joseph is not known for his coverage, really, as Grant Delpit, for instance, much more is. That’s not why the Browns signed Joseph, though, one would assume.
Although, Joseph can make some plays with feel in defending crossing routes and is more than capable of making stops short of the sticks during third down situations. That would aid the Browns defensive efforts.
Anyhow, while Joseph is again not a player who’s known for his coverage necessarily, and not nearly in the deep third, he can still make some plays. That’s more in defense of tight ends on drags and at times down the seam and in coverage against backs out of the backfield.
So for a second goal of sorts, Joseph having a completion percentage in his primary coverage of 61.0 percent seems attainable. That’s paired with having four passes defensed. Joseph’s career-best for passes defensed was six as a rookie in 2016. In 2017, he had four passes defensed.
That latter clip would be reasonable in 2020. Joseph conceded a completion percentage in his primary coverage of 57.1 percent in 2018, which was fairly impressive, albeit a primary target count of 14 wasn’t huge. That did seemingly indicate his timing was there, though. It was also better than last season, with a primary completion rate of 68.0 percent in his primary coverage.
If Joseph is a sure tackler and can get four passes defensed while helping force incompletions by being in the right position and at time in key passing situations, that’d be encouraging for the Browns.