Raiders like how Karl Joseph’s responded this offseason


Shortly after the Raiders drafted safety Johnathan Abram with one of their three first-round picks, the team opted not to exercise their 2020 option on safety Karl Joseph‘s contract.

Throw in the arrival of Lamarcus Joyner as a free agent earlier in the offseason and the picture was not one of a bright future for Joseph. Head coach Jon Gruden argued otherwise, but it seemed likely that the 2016 first-round pick was going to spend this year trying to interest other teams in his services.

Joyner spent much of the spring playing slot cornerback, however, and Joseph joined Abram as first-team safeties in the on-field stages of the offseason program. His efforts in those practices earned him a pat on the back from defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

“I think he’s responded to the situation great,” Guenther said, via Scott Bair of “He knows this will be a good year for him to go out and play good and make us give him a contract. That’s the way the NFL is. That’s the way it is for me. It’s the way it is for a lot of the other guys. If you don’t perform, you’re probably looking for somewhere else to go and if you do perform, you’re going to get rewarded.”

Joseph said he feels more comfortable with a full year in Guenther’s system under his belt, which should help his chances of getting rewarded come 2020 even if it isn’t by the Raiders.

11 responses to “Raiders like how Karl Joseph’s responded this offseason

  1. It’s like having three safeties on the field I like that Joyner, Abram and Joseph. That’s a great secondary right there as far as safeties

  2. Karl Joseph is below average at EVERYTHING you need from a modern safety. His only strength is in the box but he’s usually the smallest man on the field.

  3. I just hate it when the HC knows more about how he intends to deploy his roster than the NFL bloggers and columnists do.

  4. They’ve got a pretty good shot for improvement. Maybe the 2nd best set of safeties in the AFC West.

  5. Karl Joseph had a great second half of the season last year. He ended up as the highest graded player on the Raiders defense last year according to PFF. (additionaly the highest graded defender ever for the Raiders since PFF started giving grades) His 5th yr option would have been 6 million+. That would have put him in the top 5 SS in the NFL this year. Time will tell- but you know he is going to play this year to get paid big $$$$. Be it from the Raiders or another team in free agency next year.

    Go Raiders!!!!…Gruden doesn’t want any of Reggie’s picks on the team.

  6. The man can hit, no doubt about it. He just needs a little more work on stopping the under routes. I like his progress.

  7. andreboy1 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 9:50 am
    Karl Joseph is below average at EVERYTHING you need from a modern safety. His only strength is in the box but he’s usually the smallest man on the field.
    Tom Brady was below average at everything too. That’s why he went in the 6th round. As long as below average guys are winning super bowls, the more the merrier. Just Win Baby!

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