NFL teams have begun to release their depth charts for Week 1. When Oakland released theirs, there was a notable name missing from the starting defense: Karl Joseph.
Instead, Joseph will be a second-string safety.
“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told Raiders’ reporter Jimmy Durkin. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.
While disappointing to Joseph and WVU fans, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise considering he missed all offseason activities while recovering from a torn ACL. To get back up to speed physically and mentally as a rookie is a huge task.
“He’s still growing,” head coach Jack Del Rio said of Joseph. “He’s still competing for time, still developing. Remember, he missed the whole offseason. For a young guy, as far as getting reps, he was there mentally doing the best he could but it takes time. It takes reps and experience. He’s getting it on the run right now. He’ll continue to work on it.”
Veteran Nate Allen has the starting job headed into Week 1 against New Orleans. As the 14th overall selection in the NFL Draft, Joseph and the Raiders know that he has a long career ahead of him.
Said Joseph, “I have a lot of confidence in myself and I have no doubt in myself that I’ll get my spot back.”