Fox won out a punting competition against rookie Arryn Siposs that was repeatedly called “neck-and-neck” by special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs.
“The way we’ve been evaluating them, there’s probably half a dozen categories or so, aside from just gut instinct – and I would say of those categories, there’s probably four that are almost neck and neck,” Coombs said last week. “I mean, like almost shockingly similar and then of the other two, it’s kind of split in terms of whose got the edge. It’s really neck and neck and obviously we’re getting to a point here where we’re going to have to make a decision and they’re going to make it really hard on us.”
Fox was initially brought to the Lions late last year on the practice squad after impressing during a tryout. Siposs, on the other hand, was an undrafted rookie after playing some time in Aussie Rules Football prior to his college career at Auburn.
Fox will join long snapper Don Muhlbach and kicker Matt Prater as the team’s three specialists for 2020.