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The reserve offensive lineman has finally been able to stay healthy for a whole season, and may be in position to contribute regularly next season.
Jason Fox has only appeared in one game for six snaps this season, but the Detroit Lions are pleased with the reserve lineman's development. The third year player has struggled to kick the injury bug before this season, but has been able to stay healthy all year. Head coach Jim Schwartz says that has gotten Fox over the hump:
"That's probably the biggest thing," coach Jim Schwartz said. "His first couple years he had trouble staying healthy. He's very good within our scheme, he had a very good training camp, he was active this year when Jeff Backus was down during Thanksgiving. He can play on the right side, he can play on the left side, he's played some guard for us, and he's a good developing player."
Fox can play essentially any position on the offensive line, but his primary position is tackle. The relatively good health of the Lions offensive line has kept him from seeing much playing time, as has the addition of first round pick Riley Reiff. However, there could be several salary cap casualties on the line during the offseason, so Fox may still have a shot at seeing regular playing time in Detroit.
The Lions host the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field for a rare Saturday night NFL matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on NBC.