Jason Fox has played five games in three seasons. A litany of injuries has kept him on the sidelines and away from being able to truly and fairly compete for playing time on the offensive line.

This year is different. Fox enters the off-season healthy and hopes to stay that way as he vies for a starting job at right tackle.

“It’s a new feeling to come in where I can come in and focus on technique and all the things you’re supposed to work on as an offensive lineman without having to go to rehab right after practice,” he said. “It’s a great feeling, and I’m excited about it.”

The Lions continue their organized team activities this week, and coach Jim Schwartz has said OTAs won’t go very far in determining jobs and playing time.

But OTAs are at least the beginning of what is expected to be an interesting battle between Fox and his friend Corey Hilliard.

“Me and Corey are great friends and, to be honest with you, we haven’t even really talked about it,” Fox said. “He’s a great player. I’ve learned a lot from him, and it’s going to be fun competing with him.