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After studying hard, Detroit Lions' Jason Fox closing in on starting right tackle job
August 27, 2013

Jason Fox spent the final two months of the 2011 season on injured reserve, and while he was rehabbing from his second knee surgery Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn kept him busy with weekly homework assignments.

Fox’s task at the time was to watch film of offensive tackles across the league, analyze their strengths and weaknesses and see if he could glean any tips.

In his second NFL season at the time, Fox found the exercise eye-opening.

“It was always a continual development,” Fox said. “(I’d) look for stuff in their game I can apply to mine as far as how they set different people, the different schemes they use, different techniques they use, whether it’s how they reach an end or where they keep their hands in pass protection, whether they short set guys, just everything. Just watching and seeing what’s got them to where they are.”

Two years later, Fox is close to being in the position he once studied — a starting tackle in the NFL.

Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday position battles at right tackle and right guard have “come into focus” a month into the preseason.

Schwartz declined to name favorites for the jobs, but Fox has quietly drawn praise for his play while competing with Corey Hilliard at tackle.

Fox and Hilliard shared first-team reps in practice Monday, as they have most of the preseason, while rookie Larry Warford and veterans Dylan Gandy and Jake Scott continue to get most of the work at guard.

“I think there’s still possibilities there, but it’s come into focus over the course of training camp,” Schwartz said. “There could still be something that could change our minds. It’s important to finish strong and finish the way we started. But it’s starting to come in. All our positions are starting to come into focus, but none of them are cemented yet.”

Fox has started the last two weeks at right tackle and hasn’t allowed a sack in 80 snaps this preseason.

He said he feels like he’s “played well overall,” and considering how rocky his first two NFL seasons were — he fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft because of a college knee injury that limited him most of his rookie year — starting Week 1 against the Vikings would be special.

“The injuries are in the past, which is a great thing, and sometimes it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Fox said. “But they’ve stuck with me and I’m very appreciative of that and yeah, it’d be great to come out on the other side of it where I’m healthy and playing.”

While he doesn’t study opposing offensive tackles like he did in 2011, Fox remains an avid film watcher. He regularly charts the pass rushers he’ll go against, and he’s found a new way to get an edge.

Several times this preseason, Fox has reached out to former teammate Jeff Backus for tips on the defensive ends he’ll play.

Before his preseason start against the Browns, for instance, Fox inquired about outside linebacker Paul Kruger, how quick he is, his pass-rush moves and the Browns’ new defensive scheme coordinated by Ray Horton, who the Lions played in Arizona last year.

Backus dropped in on Lions practice Monday, and Fox said he’s “a great resource” to have.

“It’s been helpful,” Fox said. “It’s something I’m probably going to carry throughout the rest of the season.”

Perhaps as starter.

Contact Dave Birkett: dbirkett@freepress.com . Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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August 27th, 2013, 9:32 am
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Excited for Fox (knock on wood). Seems to be quite good in pass protection. Run blocking's another story, but I'm beginning to wonder if that's more a condemnation of our scheme than any particular player.

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I haven't been that impressed with fox. From college to now, haven't seen much from him to think that he'd be a good starter or even stay healthy for a few games

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I haven't been that impressed with fox. From college to now, haven't seen much from him to think that he'd be a good starter or even stay healthy for a few games


I agree, Fox hasn't shown much. But then again, he really hasn't had much of a chance. When the opportunity arose, in the form of Gosder Cherilus getting injured, Fox was already nursing injuries of his own. So far, in his playing during pre-season, he has played OK. Not the run blocker Goz was, but not the turnstile in pass protection Cherilus could be at times either.

Remember, we all thought that Stafford would never play a full season after his injury plagued rookie and sophomore seasons. Sometimes that's just the way the dice fall for a player. When Fox played at the U, he was a pretty solid player. By all reports he is finally truly healthy, and not playing gimpy. Let's hope he improves week over week.

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conversion02 wrote:
I haven't been that impressed with fox. From college to now, haven't seen much from him to think that he'd be a good starter or even stay healthy for a few games


I agree, Fox hasn't shown much. But then again, he really hasn't had much of a chance. When the opportunity arose, in the form of Gosder Cherilus getting injured, Fox was already nursing injuries of his own. So far, in his playing during pre-season, he has played OK. Not the run blocker Goz was, but not the turnstile in pass protection Cherilus could be at times either.

Remember, we all thought that Stafford would never play a full season after his injury plagued rookie and sophomore seasons. Sometimes that's just the way the dice fall for a player. When Fox played at the U, he was a pretty solid player. By all reports he is finally truly healthy, and not playing gimpy. Let's hope he improves week over week.


cherilus to me was more of a victim of his own awful mental blunders and being bad at things such as communicating on DL stunts, delayed LB blitzes, transitioning from double team on the line to second level blocking and blocking in space on screens or quick pitch plays. physically i thought he was good just didnt do well at the nuances of the position.

as for stafford, i told you time and time again that his injuries werent chronic in nature and all were result of high energy hits. im not sure fox injury history but bill nagy was the kind of guy who ll never stay healthy for long.


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Post Re: Detroit Lions' Jason Fox closing in on starting right ta
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Remember, we all thought that Stafford would never play a full season after his injury plagued rookie and sophomore seasons. Sometimes that's just the way the dice fall for a player. When Fox played at the U, he was a pretty solid player. By all reports he is finally truly healthy, and not playing gimpy. Let's hope he improves week over week.


I'm glad Fox has been healthy, but I have to wonder (after watching all the preseason games) if he's going to be able to hold off LaAdrian Waddle for the full season.

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m2karateman wrote:
Remember, we all thought that Stafford would never play a full season after his injury plagued rookie and sophomore seasons. Sometimes that's just the way the dice fall for a player. When Fox played at the U, he was a pretty solid player. By all reports he is finally truly healthy, and not playing gimpy. Let's hope he improves week over week.


I'm glad Fox has been healthy, but I have to wonder (after watching all the preseason games) if he's going to be able to hold off LaAdrian Waddle for the full season.


If waddle is good enough to take the spot, more power to him. We need upgrades all over the line, having a strong starter pop up in a questionable spot is a blessing. I doubt it will happen this year if there are no injuries though. This coaching staff appears to not like starting rookies if it can be avoided.

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Post Re: Detroit Lions' Jason Fox closing in on starting right ta
I think he'll be used in the Reiff role like last year to give them an extra lineman in certain formations even if he doesn't overtake Fox this season. I think they'll take it slow and let him get more reps in practice and develop a bit more before he's put in the fire. But if injuries happen, I think he'll be the first to move up.


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I hope he's the guy that gets the first chance at LT if anything happens to Reiff or Reiff has major issues because the Kid seems like a natural LT with his great feet and all the work he did at Texas Tech. The more you see of him it's a wonder how he wasn't drafted in the 6th or 7th round purely on his pass protection. A lot of teams pass more than 60% of the time and the fact he played so much pass protection at Texas Tech somehow is a bad thing, it's weird sometimes how scouts evaluate guys.


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