Mike Cox Takes Advantage Of His Opportunity

The Chiefs had plenty of competitions during training camp, including at fullback where Tim Castille and Mike Cox were battling for a job.  Both ended up making the roster, but Castille was ahead of Cox on the depth chart for the first four weeks.  That’s when, as Cox tells the St. Joseph News-Press, an injury to Castille opened the door for him and he is excited to play a part in the Chiefs successful rushing attack.

“I take a lot of extra pride in what our running backs do, because I barely ever get the ball,” Cox said.  “I can’t look at my personal stats.  I live vicariously through Thomas, Jamaal and Dexter.  If they are having a good day that means I’m doing my job so I take pride in that.”

Clinging to a 28-20 lead in the fourth quarter (0f the Jaguars game), the Chiefs went on a scoring drive that iced the game.  Cox even caught a pass in a key juncture.  He made his second catch of the season and gained 13 yards and a first down.

It was the same play the Chiefs ran the previous week against Houston when Cox gained only 4 yards.

“They were expecting us to run the ball, and I snuck out and I was wide open in the flats,” Cox said.  “I cherish every time I have chance to have the ball in my hand; it is a good feeling.  Every time we run it, Thomas Jones always says, ‘Look it in Coxy.’  I made sure I caught it with two hands and made sure I got to the first down.

I didn’t think there was any chance Todd Haley and Scott Pioli would want to keep two fullbacks on the roster after training camp but now we are seeing why.  Both Castille and Cox are good enough to keep this offense chugging along without missing a beat and can be assets on special teams.

It’s interesting that the playing time has come because of an injury even though Castille has not appeared on an injury report all season.  We’re talking about two guys at the bottom of the roster so it won’t move the meter much, just worth noting that an injury seems to have gone unreported.

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