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Joshua James Shaw (born March 27, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC).

Josh Shaw
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Shaw with the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 27 – Arizona Cardinals
Personal information
Born: (1992-03-27) March 27, 1992 (age 27)
Palmdale, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Palmdale (Palmdale, California)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:108
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Shaw attended Palmdale High School in Palmdale, California. He played cornerback, quarterback, and wide receiver. As a senior, he had 50 tackles and an interception on defensive, passed for 2,279 yards with 18 touchdowns as a quarterback and rushed for 921 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. He also participated in track. He was rated by as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the third best cornerback in his class.[1] He committed to the University of Florida to play college football.[2]

College careerEdit

Shaw attended Florida from 2010 to 2011. He appeared in one game as a true freshman and redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he appeared in 10 games with one start and recorded 22 tackles. Prior to the 2012 season, Shaw transferred to the University of Southern California (USC).[3][4] He was granted a hardship waiver and was eligible to play immediately without sitting out the year.[5][6] He started his USC career as a strong safety and was moved to cornerback during the middle of the season and became a starter.[7] He appeared in all 13 games with seven starts and had 30 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior in 2013, Shaw started all 14 games at both cornerback and safety. He had 67 tackles, four interceptions and a touchdown.

Prior to his senior season, Shaw was suspended by USC after he had lied about how he had suffered injuries to both his ankles.[8][9] He had originally told the team that he suffered the injuries while jumping from the second story of an apartment building to save his nephew who was drowning in the pool. In reality, he suffered the injuries after jumping from his balcony to avoid the police who had been called by a neighbor after hearing an argument between him and his girlfriend.[10][11] Domestic violence was looked into by police, however no charges were filed.[12][13] Shaw was reinstated in November and played in the final three games.[14]

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of USC, Shaw's draft projections varied from the third round to the fifth or sixth round. The varying projections were mainly due to his talent in comparison with character concerns. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On March 11, 2015, Shaw participated at USC's pro day and performed positional drills.[15] He was ranked the 11th best cornerback in the draft by and was ranked the 12th best cornerback by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
30 34 in
(0.78 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.44 s 1.54 s 2.59 s 4.12 s 7.01 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
26 reps
All values are from NFL Combine

On May 2, 2015, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Shaw in the fourth round with the 120th pick of the 2015 NFL draft.[16] He signed with the Bengals on May 18, 2015.[17] Shaw played 15 games in his rookie year with 15 tackles and 1 pass defended.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

During the season opener against the New York Jets on September 11, 2016, Shaw made a game-sealing interception, and it was the first interception of his career, leading to a 23–22 victory.

On September 1, 2018, Shaw was placed on injured reserve.[18] He was released on September 6, 2018.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On October 2, 2018, Shaw was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.[19] He was waived on November 17, 2018.[20]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On November 20, 2018, Shaw was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[21]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On March 18, 2019, Shaw signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[22]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Shaw is '100 percent Gator'
  3. ^ HS coach: Josh Shaw heading to USC
  4. ^ Former Florida S Josh Shaw plans transfer to USC
  5. ^ Josh Shaw granted hardship waiver
  6. ^ USC's Josh Shaw granted hardship waiver from NCAA
  7. ^ A successful adjustment
  8. ^ USC's Josh Shaw admits to lying
  9. ^ Josh Shaw admits he lied and is suspended by USC but questions remain
  10. ^ After being caught in blatant lie, Josh Shaw looking to prove himself to NFL
  11. ^ Source: USC’s Josh Shaw jumped from balcony to avoid police
  12. ^ DA: Josh Shaw won't face charges
  13. ^ USC's Josh Shaw won't be charged after domestic violence investigation
  14. ^ Josh Shaw reinstated by USC
  15. ^ Brian Leigh (March 11, 2015). "USC Pro Day 2015: Recap, Reaction for Leonard Williams and Top Trojans". Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  16. ^ Orr, Conor (May 2, 2015). "Bengals take leap on Josh Shaw in fourth round". Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  17. ^ Thiry, Lindsey (May 18, 2015). "Former USC cornerback Josh Shaw signs with the Cincinnati Bengals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "Bengals Establish Roster of 53 Players". September 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "Chiefs waive TE Alex Ellis, sign free-agent DB Josh Shaw". October 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "Chiefs waive DB Josh Shaw". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. November 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Smith, Scott (November 20, 2018). "Bucs Lose O.J. Howard to IR, Sign DB Josh Shaw".
  22. ^ Urban, Darren (March 18, 2019). "Cardinals Sign Cornerback Josh Shaw".

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