Josh Wilson (American football)

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Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson (American football) 2014 02.jpg
Wilson at the Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2014.
Free agent
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-11) March 11, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
College: Maryland
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 427
Quarterback sacks: 5.0
Pass deflections: 78
Interceptions: 15
Forced fumbles: 9
Touchdowns: 5
Stats at NFL.com

Joshua "Josh" Wilson[1] (born March 11, 1985) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Maryland.

Wilson has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins.

Collegiate career[edit]

A graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, Wilson saw action in all 11 games as a true freshman and became a starting cornerback late in his sophomore year, a job he never relinquished. By his senior season he was one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He also had 847 yards as a kick returner in the 2006 season. In his career, he tallied 157 tackles, including 100 solo stops, had two career interceptions, 25 passes defended, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked three kicks.

Track and field[edit]

Wilson also ran track at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he was a part of a school record-setting 4 x 100 metres relay team. He also set state records of 10.84 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.56 seconds in the 200 meters. He also competed in the 60 meters, posting a personal best time of 6.98 seconds.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 189 lb 4.39 s 1.46 s 2.50 s 4.26 s 7.07 s 36.5 in 10 ft 0 in
All values from NFL Combine

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Wilson was drafted 55th overall (2nd round) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2007 NFL Draft.[2] During a week three home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Wilson returned the opening kickoff 72 yards to help set up a Matt Hasselbeck touchdown pass to Bobby Engram. In week 12, against the St. Louis Rams, Josh Wilson returned an 89 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He recorded 9 tackles in 12 games. On October 26, 2008 against the San Francisco 49ers Josh Wilson ran back a 75 yard interception for a touchdown. At the end of the 2008 season, Josh Wilson had 76 tackles, 4 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and 1 sack.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

2010 season[edit]

On August 31, 2010, he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, for a conditional 2011 Draft Pick. Wilson returned an interception for a touchdown in overtime against the Houston Texans on December 13, 2010 to help the Ravens win 34-28. That was one of three interceptions that Wilson had in his lone season in Baltimore.[3]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Wilson at Redskins training camp in 2011.

2011 season[edit]

On July 27, 2011, Wilson signed with the Washington Redskins to a three-year, $13.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.[4] He was made the starting right cornerback. Wilson made his first interception for the Redskins in the end zone in Week 14 against the New England Patriots.[5] In Week 15 against the New York Giants, Wilson made his second interception of the season, which happened to also be in the end zone.[6] At the end of the 2011 season, Wilson started in all 16 games recording 62 combined tackles, 15 pass break-ups, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

2012 season[edit]

In the 2012 season, Wilson continued to be the starting right outside cornerback. In Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, he recovered a fumble and returned the ball 30 yards for a touchdown after Perry Riley stripped the ball from Danny Amendola.[7][8][9] Later in the third quarter, Wilson was forced to leave the game early due to suffering a concussion after tackling Rams runningback Daryl Richardson in the third quarter and preventing him from getting a touchdown.[10] On September 19, 2012, he was officially cleared from his concussion and allowed to practice.[11] In the Week 7 game against the New York Giants, he recorded his first interception of the season; making this the second time in a row he picked off Eli Manning since their last meeting in 2011.[12] Wilson would manage to force a fumble, which was recovered by DeJon Gomes in the Week 12 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.[13]

2013 season[edit]

Wilson had a particularly poor performance against the San Francisco 49ers, where he lost several times to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in one-on-one coverage.[14]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On April 8, 2014, Wilson signed with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year contract.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson's father, Tim Wilson, played in the NFL for eight years, mostly for the Houston Oilers. He was best friends with the legendary Earl Campbell, whom Josh calls 'Uncle Earl'. His father died in 1996, and Josh carries around a football card of him.[16]

Wilson grew up as a fan of the Washington Redskins.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilson on ESPN". espn.com. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  2. ^ NFL Draft Tracker
  3. ^ Josh Wilson returns INT for TD as Ravens deny Texans in OT-ESPN
  4. ^ Graziano, Dan (July 27, 2011). "Redskins snag cornerback Josh Wilson". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Josh Wilson Scores Rare Red Zone Pick on Tom Brady". NBCWashington.com. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Redskins Make Eli Look Ordinary Once Again". NBCWashington.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  7. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 16, 2012). "Wilson Scores First Redskins Touchdown". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 17, 2012). "Redskins-Rams: Week 2 Game Notes". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  9. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 17, 2012). "Redskins Fall Despite Late Surge, 28-31". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  10. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (September 17, 2012). "Carriker out, Wilson recovering from concussion". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  11. ^ Maske, Mark (September 19, 2012). "CB Josh Wilson cleared after concussion, Garcon, Meriweather limited in practice". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  12. ^ Tinsman, Brian (October 21, 2012). "Redskins Fall Short In Wild Finish: 23-27". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  13. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 23, 2012). "Friday Morning Stats Pack: Redskins-Cowboys". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  14. ^ McNally, Brian (November 26, 2013). "A tough assignment, a difficult night for Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  15. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 8, 2014). "Josh Wilson, Atlanta Falcons strike one-year contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  16. ^ Carpenter, Les (2007-04-27). "A Guiding Spirit Points Terps' Wilson Toward the NFL". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  17. ^ Leonhart, Ross (August 23, 2011). "For Wilson, Playing In Hometown a 'Blessing'". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 

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