Joseph signed a contract with the Raiders on Friday. Joseph spent his 2020 campaign with Cleveland, where he recorded 67 tackles (46 solo), one interception and four pass breakups through 14 games. When he was healthy, Joseph was an asset to the Browns' defense and will aim to play a similar role for Las Vegas this year.
Joseph had four tackles and an interception in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Joseph's pick stopped a potential game-clinching drive and gave the Browns a chance to take the lead, but they chose to punt on fourth-and-9 at their own 32 and never possessed the ball again. Joseph, who dealt with a hamstring injury that cost him time during the regular season, was a key piece of the defense when healthy. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Joseph had one tackle, one quarterback hit and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win over Pittsburgh. On the first play of the game, a snap sailed over the head of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and bounced into the end zone where Joseph fell on it to open the scoring. On the next drive, Joseph's blitz led to a M.J. Stewart interception and Jarvis Landry touchdown. The Browns went on to build a 35-10 first-half lead and withstood a Pittsburgh second-half comeback. The fumble recovery was Joseph's third of the year, and the touchdown was the first of his career.
Joseph was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Joseph never actually tested positive for coronavirus, but he was considered a high-risk close contact. Barring any setbacks, he figures to take on his usual role as the team's starting strong safety.
Joseph was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Joseph is deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive for the virus, presumably an individual within the Browns' organization. He could be available for Sunday's game, in which Cleveland could clinch a playoff spot with a win over Pittsburgh.
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