2012: (Edmonton) In 18 games (18 starts) at cornerback Burnett recorded 47 defensive tackles (2 for a loss), 3 special teams tackles, a team-leading 7 knockdowns, a team and league-leading 6 interceptions for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one of which was returned 108 yards for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery returned 44 yards for a touchdown. He also had 28 kickoff returns for 573 yards (longest 43, average 20.5), 52 punt returns for 440 yards, (longest 43, average 8.5) and 3 missed field goal returns for 74 yards (longest 27, average 24.7). He earned Defensive Player of the Week honours in Week 4. Burnett also started the Eastern Semi-Final and had two tackles and two knockdowns. He added three punt returns for 20 yards. Joe was named a Western Division All-Star.