Joseph is slated to sign with Tampa Bay's practice squad, NFL agent Brett Tessler reports. Joseph started 14 games with the Browns in 2018 and had two appearances with the Titans last season. He'll now serve an emergency role on Tampa Bay's practice squad, where he could be called upon for action if Ryan Succop ends up missing any time.
The Titans waived Joseph on Thursday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Early reports from training camp suggested Joseph was winning his kicker battle with undrafted rookie Tucker McCann. Regardless, it's McCann who still has a roster spot after the team brought in Stephen Gostkowski to handle the job. Joseph should be near the top of the list for any team that runs into kicker issues this season.
Joseph has looked much better than rookie Tucker McCann in practices thus far, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports. Joseph was brought back by the Titans after making his only field-goal attempt for them last season. Although the team signed McCann to compete with him in advance of the regular season, it sounds like Joseph is ahead by a comfortable margin at this stage, giving him the inside track for the job.
General manager Jon Robinson suggested Wednesday that the Titans plan to bring in some competition for Joseph, who finished the 2019 campaign as the team's kicker, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports. Robinson acknowledged that Joseph did a good job of "steadying the rudder" after he took over kicking duties last December, but the Titans won't hand him the job outright heading into 2020. Specifically, Robinson mentioned that the Titans are still "looking at some guys" in free agency and the upcoming draft. The 25-year-old appeared in five games with Tennessee (including the playoffs) last season, making his only field-goal attempt and converting all 18 of his extra point tries in that span.
Joseph converted his lone field-goal attempt and all nine extra-point attempts over three postseason games. The field goal was a chip shot from 30 yards during the loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, as the Titans finished drives throughout their run as the No. 6 seed. It was similar to Joseph's output in two regular-season games with Tennessee, as he made all nine extra points and didn't attempt a field goal. Joseph remains under contract for next season after signing ahead of Week 16, but he'll need a strong offseason to remain the Titans' kicker with Ryan Succop (knee) -- who landed on injured reserve -- still having three years and $11.75 million remaining on his deal.
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