"If they want me here, it'll happen," Cox said. "I just put it all in God's hands. At the end of the day, it's their decision, not mine. I just do my job."
MEWHORT MAY NOT BE ON THE MOVE
Versatility is among second-round pick Jack Mewhort's greatest strengths. But Pagano wants to make sure he doesn't overload the rookie offensive lineman.
The former Ohio State All-American has worked out at both left guard and center this weekend, but that looks to be the extent of the positions he will be asked to learn.
"You don't want to move him so much where he's not growing mentally as a football player, or physically," Pagano said. "He's a smart guy, and he's got position flexibility as we all know. But we want to be prudent on our part and not take advantage of that, so to speak, and have him all over the place. But he's handling what we're throwing at him. He's handling it pretty good right now."
FILLING A NEED?
Nose tackle is among the most important positions in Pagano's hybrid 3-4 scheme. But 23-year-old Josh Chapman is the only returning player listed on the roster at the position.
Last year's starter, Aubrayo Franklin, was not re-signed, and the team also let go of reserve Martin Tevaseu. That could open a door for Zach Kerr — 6-foot-2, 310-pounder who went undrafted out of Delaware and possesses some of the traits Pagano looks for in the anchor of his defensive line.
"Yeah, you know, big, fast, smart, got great feet, got great quickness," Pagano said. "Again, you can see the energy and passion that he has for football, and he knows the game inside and out. So, yeah, we're excited to have Zach here."