Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jason Fox (70) following the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 22-9. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
This picture is relatively indicative of Jason Fox’s career. On the sideline, helmet off, grimacing. Fox’s issue has never been talent, it has been staying on the field long enough to use that talent. He won the starting right tackle job out of training camp, but has taken only 54 snaps with the offense since then, because of more injuries. Again.
Fox hasn’t been able to stay on the field, therefore he has not had very much impact. Kind of too bad, since he looked pretty decent in the 16 snaps he played against Minnesota before getting hurt again.
In all fairness, health was something everyone expected Fox to have an issue with, and everyone was right. But the reason he was in the mix for the right tackle job is because he was supposed to be beyond his injury issues. It seems now like he may never be.
Fox could still be a good right tackle, but his window is closing rapidly. It turns out he may not even he the most valuable player at right tackle even when healthy. More on that in a moment.