Jon Gruden: Karl Joseph brings playmaking, leadership to Raiders secondary

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In attempting to rebuild their poor defense from 2020, the Raiders turned to a familiar face at safety as a free agent in 2021.

Karl Joseph was a Raiders first-round pick in 2016 and played 49 games with the club in his first four seasons. The Raiders declined his fifth-year option, so h signed with the Browns as a free agent last year. But after Las Vegas finished 30th in points allowed, 25th in yards allowed, and brought in Gus Bradley to be is defensive coordinator, Joseph is back.

Head coach Jon Gruden was a part of declining Joseph’s option, but used four words to describe what the safety brings to the defense now.

“Playmaking,” he told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “Leadership. Versatility. And professionalism.”

Joseph adds another highly drafted piece back to the Raiders’ secondary, which features recent first-round picks Johnathan Abram and Damon Arnette along with second-round pick Trayvon Mullen.

Joesph has recorded five interceptions, 19 passes defensed, 3.0 sacks, and 11 tackles for loss since entering the league.

14 responses to “Jon Gruden: Karl Joseph brings playmaking, leadership to Raiders secondary

  1. Play making,leadership and versatility he brings then why not keep him around last year instead of Erik Harris lol Gruden has us right on track for 8-9 and with his speech in year 4 we still rebuilding the car the tires go on next week lol….

  2. I have repeatedly said that personnel decision is not his strong suit. Although, at this point I am hard pressed to point out what is! Real question is why Cleveland let his walk this year if he brings so much to the Raiders?

  3. mlhigh77 says:
    April 22, 2021 at 12:34 pm
    Raiders bringing back their old garbage. Championship, right Nation

    once again they swept your donkeys last year, what does that say about Denver?

  4. Raiders will never get by Mahomes in that division.

    Raiders couldn’t win before he was in the division. Long bfore.

  5. Raiders did beat Mahomes once last year and were 30 seconds away from beating them twice.

  6. Note the Raiders were one of two teams to beat the Chiefs last year and nearly did it twice.

  7. franchise has been a mess since Marcus Allen left,if it wasn’t for a cool helmet this franchise wouldn’t have any fans,they can’t get out of their own Mack get a boat load of picks and do nothing with them,overeach on picks,poor coaching and management…just a clown show..sad baby just sad !!

  8. They already cut him once. It will happen again. He is no better now than then. The raiders are going to raider.

  9. To the commenter above me, the Raiders didn’t release Karl Joseph. They didn’t pick up his 5th year option and then let him walk in FA. Both of those were Gruden’s decisions. If he liked him that much, they wouldn’t have declined his option and also then let him walk in FA. Gruden is full of it. And they still have needs at FS. Joseph and Abram can’t cover in the back end and Heath isn’t fast enough to play FS with range. Trade back into the 20’s and draft Moehrig. Or draft Ar’Darius Washington in the 4th/5th to play FS/slot corner.

  10. Joseph will be an asset this year for a few reasons. He got another year of experience and he stayed healthy last year. He also fits what Bradly wants to do. And he’ll be a good mentor for Abraham. I’m sure Gruden isn’t done looking for a dynamic free safety.

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