Cox Shows Tons of Promise

Cox Shows Tons of Promise

Jay Adams

Published November 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

During Sunday’s game, all eyes were on Julio Jones. And there’s no mistaking why. The rookie wide receiver went off against Indianapolis to the tune of 164 all-purpose yards and the first two touchdowns of his NFL career.

But taking a closer look at the Falcons’ offense, perhaps fullback Mike Cox stuck out to you. He sure stuck out to me.

If you’re reading his name and thinking, “WHO?” then you’re all caught up. Cox was signed during the bye week after it was learned that Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

If there was ever a good time for such a thing to happen, it would be the bye week when Cox would have some extra time to learn the playbook. And, boy, did he ever take advantage of those extra days.

Cox played Sunday as if his nose has been in the playbook since training camp. His ability to absorb the complexities of the Falcons offense was obvious to anyone who kept an eye on him Sunday.

It’s a shame that there aren’t many stats for a fullback. It’s kind of like talking about an offensive lineman. Sometimes, the fact that those guys fly under the radar is a good thing. It means they didn’t screw anything up.

But Cox really stood out in the blocking game to me. He helped open holes for Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers and Julio Jones as if he had been doing it all season. Not only did he look comfortable with the scheme, but he also physically played with the type of abandon you’d expect from a fullback.

There’s a reason longtime friend of Cox and radio voice of the Falcons and Cox’s alma mater, Georgia Tech, Wes Durham calls Cox “Bull.”

Do yourself a big favor and keep an eye on this kid. He’s sure to impress.

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