Jonathan Joseph swiveled his hips, turning and planting and undercutting Andre Johnson on a dig route on the practice field outside NRG Stadium.

One bobble, two bobbles.


Just over seven months after suffering a season-ending toe ligament tear last December, and about seven weeks away from Houston’s regular season opener against Washington on Sept. 7, Joseph has hit the ground running at Texans training camp.

Literally, in some ways.

“Absolutely,”  he said.

“I think I’m way ahead of schedule, of where I planned and thought I would be.”

Joseph, 30, is entering a pivotal season.

The two-time Pro Bowler was given the 25th best overall grade by Pro Football Focus, and a 48.3 percent catch rate, the 5th-best at the position.

But he’s coming off a major injury, especially for his age and position, and carries a $12.25 million cap hit next season with only $3.75 million in dead money if the Texans were to release him.

He could be playing for his job.

He’s also trying to help Houston forget last year’s 2-14 record and 24th ranked scoring defense.

So far, he looks — and feels — good. Which at this point in training camp is all you can ask for, and all Joseph says he worked for this offseason.

“That’s all part of football. You come in, you put the work in early, and you get the benefits later.”



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