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Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph came into his 2016 rookie season recovering from an ACL injury and missed the entire offseason program. Now, he has a full NFL season of experience and a full offseason program behind him.

Joseph thinks it is now “night and day” different “from now to last year,” via the Raiders’ media session today.

In addition, Joseph thinks the most important aspect of being healthy is the opportunity to “bond with the guys” instead of the “football part of it.”

He still thinks he will be “more comfortable” on the field this year as he felt like he was just “thrown out there and learning the defense” in 2016 whereas now he knows “what to expect.”

Everyone knows how special Joseph can be, for he was taken No. 14 overall in the 2016 NFL draft. Now that he is healthy and comfortable mentally, he should be able to ascend and become one of the best safeties in the league.

Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.
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