The Miami Dolphins bolstered their offensive line depth today, signing free agent offensive lineman Jason Fox to a one year contract. Fox spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, battling through injuries as he developed into a reserve right tackle. Now, he comes to Miami looking to take the next step in his career.
“I came in here to compete," Fox told the media during his introductory press conference. "I think every athlete wants to be a starter. There are some openings on this offensive line and I came in here to give it everything I have and to earn a starting job. Whether it’s at right tackle or whether it’s inside somewhere or wherever, I’m here to help this team anyway I can.”
The Dolphins are rebuilding an offensive line that was decimated last year by injuries, defections, and suspensions. They allowed a franchise record 58 sacks on the season.
Injuries are a concern when it comes to Fox, who played left tackle at the University of Miami. “Obviously that’s in the past," Fox said, addressing those concerns. "I started 47 straight games at Miami. I had some bad luck early in my career but that’s over, I feel 100% healthy and ready to go and compete and to play for this team.”
“I think I’m an athletic, smart, tough guy," Fox added. "I think I can pick up the offense well, I think I’ll be able to run the zone read. The things that they ask me to do I think I’ve done them in the past and I think I’ll be able to execute it here.”Having spent his college years at the University of Miami, returning to South Florida should make for a smooth transition for Fox. “I’m very comfortable with South Florida," the 6'6", 314-pound lineman said. "I consider it as a second home to me, but obviously the main reason was the Miami Dolphins. I’m just so excited to be here. Their offensive line presents a great opportunity for me to come in and compete. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”