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Jeannette grad Demetrious Cox looking to add depth to Carolina secondary

Bill Beckner Jr.
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Demetrious Cox (right) makes a tackle in a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

Demetrious Cox could be playing his way into an important role with the Carolina Panthers’ defense.

The Jeannette and Michigan State product has seen playing time in both of the Panthers’ preseason games and has four tackles — more than he had all regular season last year after an ankle injury in Week 8 landed him on injured reserve.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Cox is listed as a third-string strong safety on the depth chart with two preseason games to go, Friday vs. New England and next Thursday at Pittsburgh.

With injuries to safety Damian Parms and cornerback Ross Cockrell, the Panthers need help.

Starting cornerback James Bradberry told the Charlotte Observer that Cox is a player to watch.

With a year of experience in the system, Cox feels he can provide stability and quality time.

“Our coach says ‘If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready,’” he said. “If the opportunity comes, I’m taking it.”

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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