Jason Fox healthy and ready to compete in year three

Posted May 30, 2012

When Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was asked about offensive tackle Jason Fox after last season, he said 2012 was going to be a big year for Fox to prove to the Lions he can stay healthy.

A fourth-round pick in 2010 (128th overall), Fox has played in a grand total of four games during his first two seasons with the Lions because of injuries. Entering year three, Fox knows it's time to prove himself.

“It’s been a run of bad luck,” Fox said of his first two seasons with the Lions. “It’s just so exciting now that I can go out there and just compete and try to learn and improve without worrying about injuries and just go out and get better all day.”

He never fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered in college at Miami and it lingered into his rookie year. Last year, it was a broken foot.

Fox has remained at the Lions training facility in Allen Park training and rehabbing this entire offseason. He says he’s ready make good on some high hopes the Lions had for him in 2010.

“I’m very comfortable with this offense and my assignments and being able to play different positions,” he said. “I think that’s going to help down the road.”

The Lions selected offensive tackle Riley Reiff in the first round of this year’s draft to be the left tackle of the future.

Fox, like Reiff, is versatile in that they both can play left or right tackle and possibly even guard. Fox has been working with the second-team offense at both left and right tackles this offseason.

Ideally, the Lions would like to have two interchangeable parts for the future of their offensive line in Fox and Reiff.