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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jason Fox could be Lions solution at tackle

      The Lions our in a enviable position at tackle. Holding the fifth overall pick and two premier talents waiting at the top, Luke Joekel and Eric Fisher. Jeff Backus is under contract, young talents Jason Fox, Reilly Reiff and Corey Hilliard are waiting in the wings.

      Jim Schwartz said they were willing to hand the reigns over to the Lions young group of offensive lineman.

      "I think that we've drafted on the offensive line, last year with Reilly Reiff, and a couple years before that with Jason Fox. We've developed those guys and if we can plug them in, we're prepared to do it. All of those guys are guys that we think a lot of and we think that they can go do the job if called upon."

      Martin Mayhew too has been singing the praises of Fox at this years combine.

      "Jason Fox obviously had the injuries in his first couple seasons," Mayhew said. "He was able to stay healthy all last year, but we also stayed healthy at the tackle position. He didn’t play very much for us. We think he has starter-type talent level. He has the size. He's a strong enough guy. He's a good technician. He's a hard worker. We think he has the ability to start for us."

      Fox has dealt with injuries his entire career. He was limited in college as well as in his first two seasons with the Lions. Fox has played in five NFL games, only one over the past two seasons, which was spent on special teams in Week 12 last season. But he is 6-foot-6, 314 pounds and won't turn 25 until May. 

      With the Lions cap struggles this off-season, they may choose to insert young, cheap offensive lineman to fill the holes. They've saved money by cutting Stephen Peterman and restructuring the deal of Dominic Raiola.

      With the draft and young talent at their disposal, the Lions look to overhaul their offensive line the next two seasons.

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