Former Kentucky defensive back Kelvin Joseph is in his first full week of his first NFL training camp as a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys, and early reports say the second-round pick is holding his own out in Oxnard, California, the site of Cowboys camp.
Joseph has auditioned at multiple spots in the Dallas secondary in the first couple of summer practices, even clocking in with the first team from time to time as the Cowboys look to improve upon one of the league’s worst secondaries last season.
Joseph’s pass breakup from Saturday’s practice (the second practice of camp) is helping his case for a big role in the corner rotation:
Kelvin Joseph pass breakup pic.twitter.com/5bXxk3u6gO
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 24, 2021
While Joseph has shown the speed, the athleticism and the game to impress Cowboys followers, there are still question marks around his character and off-field hobbies, specifically his aspiring music career. Adding to his non-football concerns, there were inaccurate reports saying Joseph was dismissed from LSU prior to transferring to Kentucky, which simply is not true.
“Never was dismissed stop putting that on the internet and tv just made some better decisions,” he tweeted earlier this month.
Never was dismissed stop putting that on the internet and tv just made some better decisions #ykdavibe
— Kelvin Joseph (@bossmanfat1) July 6, 2021
Last Friday he hopped on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas to clear the air and expand on his tweet, saying, “One time on ESPN I saw someone talking about I was dismissed from LSU and stuff like that, and that wasn’t true. I never was dismissed, never was kicked off a team. (Kentucky) was just a better opportunity for me and my family. I just chose to go elsewhere so I can showcase my ability and do the best I do.”
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Joseph had no regrets about leaving his hometown school for the Bluegrass between his freshman and sophomore seasons, his only two years of playing college football.
“I feel like it’s the best decision I’ve made in my whole life,” Joseph told 105.3 The Fan’s G-Bag Nation.
And that Bossman Fat music career?
“Right now I’m just focusing on football and focusing on coming in and getting the spot on this team so I can perform the best I can do and take us to the Super Bowl,” he replied, while noting a recent music release to say there are no current projects to distract him from preparing from his rookie season.
Also from the 105.3 The Fan interview, Joseph was asked about missing out on Name, Image, Likeness opportunities by a year.
“It’s kinda crazy now, like, for real,” he said. “Players getting over a million dollars right now. I wish I had that opportunity when I was in college, but now it’s over with and I’m making more money, so I’m not pretty much mad, I’m happy for everybody.”
Maybe so, but a Bossman Fat concert at KSBar after the Tennessee game would’ve been a great time last fall.
You can follow Joseph’s road to a Cowboys roster spot on the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” premiering August 10. His Kentucky teammate Quinton Bohanna is also competing for a job as Dallas’ sixth-round draft pick.