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Demetrious Cox is ready to take the next step as a permanent secondary member

The NFL hasn’t been easy for Cox so far.

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The Cincinnati Bengals secondary has three players that are a lock to get the bulk of the snaps. However, throughout the NFL season, there are numerous ways to break into the rotation.

That’s the plan for Demetrious Cox, a player hoping to make the 55-man roster come Week 1.

With just four games, all with the Panthers in 2017, Cox hasn’t been able to stay on the field with either organization. A safety-cornerback combo, Cox does have the ability to play multiple positions.

For now, that hasn’t mattered. The 25-year-old is still hanging around, waiting for his time to shine.

Apparently, per writer Michael LaPlace, Cox has stepped his game up during the team’s offseason workouts.

“During organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, Cox has quietly impressed with a few interceptions and pass breakups. In the NFL, Cox knows it is about taking advantage of an opportunity.”

The former Michigan State Spartan knows he must improve in order to stay in the league. That said, Cox told LaPlace that not making the same mistake twice is what may help him take his game to the next level.

“Really just trying to take it day-by-day,” said Cox. “I feel like I’ve put a lot of good things on tape. Obviously still learning the new things on defense, trying to get things down so I can play fast and try to limit my mistakes. Limiting the same mistake twice is a big part for me.”

The Bengals actually signed Cox back in 2017. They were his first organization following an illustrious college. Now, after being on the practice squad of three teams, Cox will be looking to leave his mark on the Queen City.

However, with three above-average cornerbacks and two solid options at safety, the Bengals may give Cox the chance he craves, but he’ll have to earn it.