There’s a lot to like about linebacker Dan Fox, an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame who’s looking to earn a roster spot.
Thus far, he’s shown that he’s a very smart and instinctive player. While possessing what seems to be average speed, Fox doesn’t have a lot of wasted movement.
Where he lacks, though, is in one critical area, and it’s an area that could very well keep him off the 53-man roster this year. That area is strength.
This first became apparent during spring OTAs, when he was unable to lift a tackling dummy in the same way some of his fellow linebackers did.
During a couple training camp practices, the issue showed up again, as Fox was unable to shed blockers to make plays.
On the plus side, Fox is still an intriguing and intelligent prospect who could very well be destined for the practice squad this year.
That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as it would give him a year to fine-tune his craft, improve his strength and get a head-start on competing for a roster spot in 2015.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.