Kelvin Joseph hasn’t had the smoothest offseason so far. Last month, Joseph was named a person of interest in a murder investigation that took the life of 20-year-old Cameron Ray on March 18 outside of a Dallas nightclub

Two men were arrested for the shooting. Although Joseph wasn’t charged with a crime, he was in the SUV at the time of the shooting, and could still face legal ramifications.

Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with reporters on Friday after the team’s first rookie minicamp practice about Joseph’s situation.

“I just want you to know that when the situation occurred, we had a lot of internal conversation that was really in-depth,” McCarthy said. “Based off the information we’ve been given, we felt it was important to support him. He’s been here every day and he’s having a very productive offseason so far.”

Joseph and his legal team have been adamant about his innocence. However, the fact that Joseph was in the vehicle when shots were fired coupled with the fact that he didn’t speak to the proper authorities until a month after the tragic incident doesn’t do him any favors.

A groin injury that Joseph suffered slowed down his progress as a rookie last season. He logged only 14 snaps in the first 14 games. However, he played 57 snaps in Week 16 against the Washington Commanders and registered three tackles and a pass breakup, and allowed minus two yards on five targets. Joseph followed that up with nine tackles in the season finale in Week 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles in his second career start.

The talent is there for Joseph and he has a very high ceiling for where his game can go. Hopefully, for him and the Cowboys, he doesn’t face any legal action and can be available for all 17 games in 2022.

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