When the New York Jets roll into town Friday night it's fair to say the competition along the Detroit Lions offensive line won't be the position battle fans will be salivating over.

But beyond the drama of Mark Sanchez versus Geno Smith is where the real football takes place. And the question of who will win the job at right tackle is one Detroit is looking to answer.

The job became available in March when five-year starter Gosder Cherilus signed a five-year $34.5 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. There were some who wanted Detroit to fill the need by drafting one of the top tackles in the 2013 NFL draft but the Lions front office feels they're in perfectly capable hands with one of two guys: Jason Fox or Corey Hilliard.

"Everyone gets a little more excited for games" Fox said in an attempt to downplay the job interview nature of Friday night. "Just to get out there and compete and play with your team against someone else. Obviously the goal is to win the game but as far as individual goals it's to win your individual matchup."

So far in training camp Fox and Hilliard have been splitting reps with the first-string offensive line. But on Monday when the Lions released their first (and unofficial) depth chart of the preseason it appeared Fox had the upper hand however slight it may be.

"It's a great opportunity that I have" Fox said. "I just got to make the most of it. Camp is a long way from over. We still have four preseason games. I just got to make the most of it."