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5 things to know about new Browns S Karl Joseph

The Browns made another move official Monday -- their 13th since the start of the new league year -- with the signing of S Karl Joseph.

We're highlighting five things to know about the hard-hitter who spent the past four seasons with the Raiders.

1. Joseph comes to Cleveland after four seasons in Oakland, where he started at least eight games in all four seasons. Joseph's most productive campaign was in 2017, when he started 15 games and finished with 79 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. His play, though, got noticeably better over his final two years. He was the team's highest-graded defender in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus, and he was playing some of his best football in 2019 before a foot injury put an abrupt end to his season. For his career, Joseph has 236 tackles, 15 passes defensed and four interceptions.

2. Joseph's 2019 season came to an end on one of the highest points of the year for himself and the Raiders. Joseph leapt in the air to intercept a pass that ultimately sealed a 26-24 win over the Chargers, moving Oakland to 5-4, but landed awkwardly on his foot. It was the second straight game in which Joseph sealed a victory with a play he made. "I knew right away that something was wrong," Joseph told reporters shortly after the injury. "I couldn't even walk right afterwards. The next day I was rebounding. I was raised on strong faith. I've been through a lot of adversity in my life, so this is nothing new. I'll be okay."

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3. Joseph has dealt with a handful of injuries throughout his career that have contributed to his seasons being a little bit shortened. A toe injury cost him the final four games of his rookie season and a hamstring injury kept him off the field for three games in 2018. The latest one, though, was probably the most frustrating because of how well he had been playing. "As a team we're starting to click," Joseph told reporters after the injury. "That's what is most frustrating for me. We started to play some real good football and I wanted to be part of this team going forward. I believe we have a strong chance to go to the playoffs. That's what's frustrating for me."

4. Joseph has done some of his best work in the NFL off the field. Joseph spent part of the 2018 offseason in Haiti, where he was born, hosting a football camp and building a bathroom for children. He brought his teammate, Cliff Avril, along with him. "It keeps me grounded," Joseph said on the NBC Sports Bay Area's Raiders Insider Podcast. "That's one of the reasons I went back for my draft party. Anytime I get a chance to go back, I take it. It makes you appreciate the little things you have, the luxuries you often take for granted. It also makes me hungrier to work hard, play well and give back. Every time I go the memories come flooding back, which hits the reset button for me. It gets ready to come back here, ready to work."

5. Joseph gained his hard-hitting reputation as a star on West Virginia's defense. Though he played just four games as a senior, Joseph set the school record for most career forced fumbles (eight) and accumulated a whopping five interceptions in those four contests. He was all-Big 12 first team as a junior after racking up 92 tackles and three forced fumbles. The three-star recruit out of Edgewater, Florida, started every game as a freshman and went on to start 42 games. The Raiders selected Joseph 14th overall -- one spot before the Browns made their pick in the 2016 draft.

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