Last year it was Antwaan Randle El who was trying to go from quarterback and part time wide receiver to full time wide receiver, this year it is Tulane's Derrick Joseph who is trying to do the same as Randle El.
Joseph is a great all-around athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver and special teams during his college career. He was a backup quarterback in portions of three seasons, while also playing receiver for another year and a half.
"Both positions have helped me grow as a player, I think since I have played quarterback it allows me to be that extra quarterback on the field," said Joseph. "I really can see what the quarterback is facing and help him out a lot with running my routes shorter when there is a blitz coming and helping him out with the different reads and such that he has to make against different defensives."
Joseph welcomes the move to wide receiver on a full time basis and knows that at receiver that is his best chance to make a team and to continue his football career.
"Myself being a good athlete, this is the best move for me. Just like Antwaan Randle El I going to do more for a team as a wide receiver and be better at the next level at the receiver position," Joseph explained. "But I still have the ability to throw the football if need be and be that extra quarterback on the field."
Joseph started his career with Tulane and was part of Tulane prefect season in 1998 and says that is still the most memorable part of his Tulane career.
"Being on that the team in 1998 was special I came to camp as a rookie and just watching and learning To come from a high school where we won a lot of games, and come into college and win all the games, that was pretty special. I learned a lot from watching Shaun King that year and he showed me a lot," said Joseph.
Joseph had a personal work out with the New Orleans Saints and caught 25 of 26 passes from their third string quarterback. The Houston Texans and the Tampa Buccaneers have shown interest in Joseph as well.
"When I went to my work out with the Saints I need to show the scouts that I had the ability to run routes and catch the football along with my athletic ability," said Joseph. "I think I did a good job and I would love to stay around home and play for the Saints but I would be willing to go where and play for any team because I want to keep playing the game that I love."
Joseph is a great athlete who is also on Tulane track team and runs a 4.47 40 at 5-11 185 pounds, with a 36'' vertical jump and has done 225 over 17 times. Joseph has the ability to make people miss in the open field when he gets his hands on the ball and the coaching staff raves about Joseph's leadership skills and his football IQ. Joseph was considered an extra coach on the sideline and helped Patrick Ramsey of the Redskins, and current starter J.P. Losman out a lot."I'm not a very vocal person but I try to lead by sharing my experiences. People see what I do, and I try to set good examples," Joseph said.