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Joseph, Johnathan ‘J Jo’

ud06 jjosephCard: Upper Deck 2006
Acquired: In Person 12/15/2015, Whataburger Community Player of the Year

A burner at the University of South Carolina, Johnathan Joseph was reputed to run the 40 in some 4.3 seconds. He was only a starter as a Senior, notching 55 tackles and 4 interceptions. It was still enough to entice the Bengals who needed a defensive back in the ever increasing arms race occurring in the AFC North, who selected him with the 24th pick of the 2006 draft. While he didn’t make his first interception until 2007, J Jo was a pass defensed monster, raking in 20 PD in 2006.  In 2009, Joseph had a career high 6 interceptions for 92 yards, 20 PD, and a TD. He continued to play for the Bengals through the 2010 season.

After a disastrous defensive campaign in 2010 that resulted in the release of defensive coordinator Frank Bush, the Texans decided to beef up their defense. New coordinator Wade Philips needed to sorely retool the secondary for 2011.  They courted former Raider Nnamdi Asomugha who was considered the most complete man to man defensive back in the Free Agent pool, but he was too much for the team to afford. As Asomugha signed with the Eagles and the Texans’ fanbase groaned, GM Rick Smith decided to go with what they had characterized as ‘their plan all along’. Going for value, Houston was able to get both Johnathan Joseph at corner and Danieal Manning at safety- and they made it work.  The Texans defense went from 30th to 2nd in yards allowed over that one season, and captured the AFC South title for the first time in the franchise’s history.  They’d repeat again in 2012 posting a 12-4 record.  In both seasons Joseph earned Pro Bowl nominations. The franchise went into meltdown in 2013, but recovered nicely under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in 2014.  Joseph remained entrenched at right cornerback and despite some injuries here and there is well respected around the league as one of the best defensive backs. He has 6 career touchdowns in 10 seasons.

Johnathan Joseph quickly established himself as one of my favorite players on the retooled Texans defense, always around the ball making plays- something not seen in the Texans secondary since the dying days of Aaron Glenn and the early years of Dunta Robinson. As the Texans have made it clear that they want him to retire a Texan, it has made sense to me that I needed to get his autograph on at least something.

The Whataburger Community Player of the Year Event provided that perfect excuse.  He’d appear alongside Kareem Jackson, Garrett Graham, and Cecil Shorts as winners of the annual event provided by the burger eatery. The crowd was quiet but as Joseph approached I cheered him on, which elicited a fist bump from him when he got to me at the front.  When I got to him for his autograph I told him my favorite game of him was when he blew up the Baltimore Ravens a few years ago, intercepting Joe Flacco for a TD. While I was tempted to go for two, I resisted the greed and was happy with my one and done with Joseph. Worthless fact only interesting to me: The Texans love their South Carolina connection. Since the franchise’s inception the team has had 4 starters at corner who have played for the Gamecocks: Dunta Robinson, Fred Bennett, DJ Swearinger, and Johnathan Joseph.

 

Putzier, Jeb

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Card: TNT UFL 2011, Upper Deck 2006
Acquired: TTM 2014, C/o Home
Sent: 2/10    Received: 6/23   (133 days)

Jeb got his start in 1999 with the Boise State Broncos. He got out onto the field as a Freshman and logged 10 receptions for 120 yards and 2 TDs from the tight end position. Considering the offensive wizardry that was employed at Boise St., Putzier was redeployed as a wide receiver from his Sophomore season on out. He topped his numbers fairly evenly each season, culminating in a Senior year with 44 receptions for 824 yards and 12 touchdowns when he was an All WAC selection. He finished his career on the blue tundra with 128 receptions for 2,050 yards, 16.0 YPR, and 19 touchdowns.

The NFL reclassified Putzier back as a tight end, going into the 2002 draft. He did not receive a combine invite, but his fairly productive career at Boise St., coupled by his size (6’4″, 251) and well received team day (4.6 40), turned some heads of the scouts enough to get some attention. He was also valued for his special teams play as a long snapper. Jeb was tabbed in the 6th round, by the Denver Broncos as a ‘value pick’. He’d start off slowly and not even see the field consistently until 2004. He’d provide some nice mismatches, making 36 receptions for 572 yards and 2 TDs in 2004. (The 15.9 YPR was the highest number by a Bronco TE in over 25 years.) Putzier then followed it up in 2005 with a modest 37 receptions for 481 yards. With the Houston Texans making Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak their head coach, Putzier signed with the team to replace Billy Miller at the position in 2006. The Texans however found Owen Daniels in the draft. While the position was retooled now with Daniels getting the majority of the snaps, Putzier ended up sharing time with Mark Bruener as well. He’d log 126 yards on 13 receptions. In 2007, he made 6 receptions for 39 yards, and 1 TD- a 7 yarder in a 38-36 loss to Tennesseee. After the season Putzier was allowed to sign with the Seattle Seahawks for 2008. There, he lasted about 6 games before resigning with the Denver Broncos, where he was cut in 2009.  Jeb signed with the UFL Hartford Colonials, but was waved in June of 2010. The Omaha Nighthawks picked him up, and he immediately fit right into the offense guided by Jeff Garcia. Putzier had 14 receptions for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns- which tied for the team lead. Of the 3 touchdowns, 2 were game winners against the Moutain Lions and the Hartford Colonials. Due to financial instability in the league, (namely players not being paid,) Putzier decided to retire after the season. Currently he lives in the Denver area where he has served as a guest on some of the local sports radio stations.

A few things were going in Jeb’s favor for me sending a request out to him: 1) He’s a former Houston Texan, and 2) I did a UFL custom entry of him a few years ago for the Omaha Nighthawks. I really had high hopes things would take off, and as some fans had egged me on to do more cards I expanded off the base set and pushed the original UFL offering out to a bit over 100 cards. It became a labor of love when I lost out on a job in the industry I wanted, and I realized the league wasn’t going to make it. A lot of it to me is about preservation, and recovering that which is already forgotten to some. It’s just an added bonus when the player wants one of these cards to remember it by too, since a lot of them didn’t get squat from the league in the end. I didn’t honestly expect this one back, but lo and behold after a little wait, Jeb signed the TNT card, plus added one of his own, and asked me for a copy of my custom! With the recent flood of requests, I really have my work cut out for me!

NFL   69/17     Rec  96        Yds  251             Avg   13.0           Td  3              Lg 39
UFL      Rec 14       Yds 144      Avg 10.3       Td 3      Lg 33

 

Manning, Danieal




Cards: Leaf Rookies & Stars 2006, Upper Deck 2006.
Acquired: In Person 2012, 1300 The Zone Texans Draft Party

With Danieal Manning’s autographs on these two cards, I officially went over 1,000 autographs on cards. He jokingly balked at signing the cards originally when I produced them stating, ” Aww, man these are Bears cards! I thought you were a real fan!” I then produced these additional photos, which he was more than happy to sign and then did an about face on these cards telling me it was just a joke. He was able to tell me exactly where these photos were from, and the “Shhhh…” is from the Baltimore after he made a pick. He also was cool enough to take a photo with me as well.

Manning dominated at the college level for tiny Abilene Christian. In 3 years there, he compiled 159 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 11 interceptions for 99 yards. In 2003 alone he’d record six of those picks, putting him on the national radar. Danieal, earned two All-American Selections in 2004 and 2005 for the Wildcats. A dangerous return man with breathtaking speed, Manning recorded 6 special teams touchdowns.

He’d hop to the NFL for the 2006 draft and the Bears took Danieal with the 42nd pick that year.  Manning created quite a stir, as fans weren’t expecting him to be as talented at returning kicks as the dynamic Devin Hester, but they were in for a surprise, when Danieal did full-time duties in 2008. He’d return 36 kick offs for 1070 yards and a touchdown. His whopping 29.7 yard average led the NFL and he’d be named All-Pro after the season, despite starting only half the season. A strong pass defender and run enforcer, Manning made 9 picks, and 32 pass defensed in 6 seasons with Chicago from the Free Safety position to go along with 324 tackles and 7 forced fumbles. He’d get lost in the shuffle of Chicago’s defense in 2010 by breaking his foot, and was allowed to leave as a free agent for 2011 after rejecting an extension.

The Houston Texans were remaking their NFL history making worst pass defense in history from 2010. After being rebuffed by N’Mandi Asomugha, the Texans decided to go with a 1-2 combo of signing Johnathan Joseph from Cincinnati and Danieal Manning from Chicago. Manning and Joseph provided the Texans with an excellent combo for Wade Phillips to reshore Houston’s porous defensive alignment.

Initially I was still sore about the team allowing vocal defensive leader Bernard Pollard go. He really came in and contributed to the team in 2009, but had just a subpar 2010, exposed in Frank Bush‘s defensive scheme. It didn’t take long for Manning to make an impression on the defense for me, and I knew they were in good hands with him protecting the backside.

Starting 13 games in 2011, Manning recorded 52 tackles, 2 picks and a fumble recovery. Houston recorded a remarkable turn around on defense, moving from 4th most points allowed for 4th least points allowed. Manning also performed kickoff return duties with 13 KR for 356 yards and a 27.4 yard average.

I had to really fight to get to the 1300 the Zone event downtown this time. It was the first event I had attended something in the Warehouse District in some time. The area has changed quite a lot. Dotted with expensive parking lots and shoddy attendant rules and prices, it was frustrating, but in the end worth it. I found a lot that charged 5 bucks and after getting change was able to jog a block to the event with about 30 minutes to go. Rod Babers greeted me at the door with a big smile and when he yelled out my name, all the fans in the room looked at me. It was odd being surrounded by all these old and new Texans fans. I had gotten used to cheering on the Texans during their darker days alone at restaurants, biting my tongue and savoring the small victories. Now it appears everybody wants a piece. Everybody has been a fan since day one. I’m not going to chide them. It’s nice to have a team that people like now, and I hope the Texans can keep up the positive vibes and good seasons to establish some brand loyalty with them. This event was a great start.