Jonathan Joseph Feels Better Than Ever

34-Year-Old Credits Texans Strength and Nutrition Staff

June 05, 2018 - 4:35 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Jonathan Joseph has been a constant for the Texans defense the last seven years, and if the Texans’ are to regain their 2016, best in the NFL form, he will be asked to play a big role.

Joseph, 34, is doing things in the offseason that he’s not accustomed to doing.  He’s working a lot with the new Texans’ strength and conditioning staff to get his diet in order.

“Those guys pumping green into you, doing all those things, I’ve never had a salad before in my life, so there’s a lot of different things I’m doing to extend this time,” Joseph said with a smile to the media after Texans OTA’s Tuesday.

While Joseph won’t go to certain means, like eating a salad, he is also changing the way he works out in the off-season and maybe working harder than he ever has before in his professional career in order to be ready to go in 2018.

“I haven’t trained like that since 2006, 2005, since I was training for the combine, honestly.  I’ve normally done my own routine, but being with those guys I feel night and day different from last year,” Joseph said.

The Texans secondary has added help around Joseph.  Tyrann Mathieu was signed in the offseason after being cut by Arizona.  Aaron Colvin, a free-agent from Jacksonville, adds depth specifically at the corner spot, and the Texans hope Kevin Johnson takes a leap forward.  Even with the additions, Joseph is expected to carry a heavy load.  Time will tell what kind of season Joseph has in his 13th year in the league, but Joseph’s professionalism will never be questioned.

“He’s a pro’s pro.  He’s a guy that has shown up every day since I’ve been here, and put in the work and really been a very consistent player for us.  That’s what’s given him the opportunity to last so long in the league,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.  “He’s got talent, but it’s so much more than talent.  It’s what are you doing during your time off.  He obviously works out, he tries to improve on the things he needs to improve on, he stays healthy, he takes care of his body the right way and he’s been able to have a really good, long career.”