Shoulder healed, Eric Fisher gets back to left tackle

AP

When the Chiefs made Eric Fisher the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, they didn’t intend for Fisher to be the team’s long-term right tackle.  Now that Branden Albert has exited via free agency, Fisher can flip back to his natural position.

“It’s like riding a bike,” Fisher told reporters on Tuesday regarding the change.  “I felt good out there today. It’s a lot more natural for me. I’m really excited about it.”

Fisher has been permitted to show up early for camp because of the shoulder injury that resulted in surgery.  His weight is at 315 pounds, he’s been lifting again since before OTAs, and he’s ready for his second NFL season.

“I’ve been working my butt of and am just glad to be out here,” Fisher said.  “I never really lost strength.  I’ve been in there working and when you can’t bench there’s other things you can do and that’s what I was doing.”

Fisher said his shoulder is healed and he’s “ready to go.”  Fisher believes he’ll take part in the first padded practice of the year, on Saturday.

Apart from the injury, Fisher struggled at times as a rookie, creating real concerns as to whether he’s ready to play left tackle for the Chiefs.

15 responses to “Shoulder healed, Eric Fisher gets back to left tackle

  1. If you’re a right handed golfer, go out and try to play with left handed clubs. Try it for a year. You’ll suck.

    Eric Fisher’s struggle at right tackle can largely be attributed to the same principle.

    If you think his play last year at right tackle is cause for concern, then you’re thinking two dimensionally.

  2. Not every sport is like golf. If we switch it up and talk frisbee golf then a lot of people can throw really well with both hands that can’t use both for other sports.

    And I’m more anxious to watch the Tour de Fisher than I am to watch a bike race.

  3. This kid is not a bust. Right tackles kick/side stride to the right in pass protection, LT’s to the left. It’s not as easy as it sounds to transition from one to another. Most players, if not all players, have a quicker burst when moving from one side than they would in another. Fisher is natural at the LT position. He will live up to his #1 selection status.

  4. If this guy played for the Raiders, Choke fans like slick50s would be calling him a bust.

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    Why would a Chokeland fan be calling one of his own players a bust?

  5. the guy gave up 2 pressures in 10 snaps lined up across JJ watt last year. he struggled like any rookie tackle would, let alone one playing in a new position, but he showed plenty of promise. he’s gained 20 pounds from his playing weight last year – combine that with being back on the left where he is comfortable, and he is in store for a very good season.

  6. jjackwagon says: Jul 22, 2014 4:31 PM

    If this guy played for the Raiders, Choke fans like slick50s would be calling him a bust.

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    Why would a Chokeland fan be calling one of his own players a bust?
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    Get it straight, jjack. We’re Jokeland. The Chiefs became the Chokes after that laughable collapse in January.

  7. raiderapologist says:
    Jul 22, 2014 4:04 PM
    If this guy played for the Raiders, Choke fans like slick50s would be calling him a bust.

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    First of all, we all know if the faiders had drafted a guy in the 1st he’d be a bust by default.

    Secondly, you know damn well your joke team thinks they don’t need good LT’s.

    Thirdly, I’m in your head, and you can’t do anything about it.

  8. floreskins says:
    Jul 22, 2014 5:11 PM
    Another Andy Reid special. Danny Watkins says “Hi” from the Ontario Firehouse.

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    Thank god Andy Reid doesn’t draft anybody in KC!

  9. Let’s just hope he stays healthy. When he’s healthy, he’s out there. I’ll take a 6’8″, 315 pounder at left tackle all day long.

  10. slick50ks says: Jul 22, 2014 7:32 PM

    Thirdly, I’m in your head, and you can’t do anything about it.
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    You aren’t in my head, but the Raiders are obviously in yours. And they appear to have ample room to knock around.

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