The first overall pick in last year’s NFL draft is still struggling.
Last year, Kansas City’s Eric Fisher struggled at right tackle as a rookie. This year, the Chiefs have moved Fisher to left tackle, and he’s still struggling. His performance Sunday against the Panthers was rough, and coach Andy Reid said afterward that Fisher is still feeling the effects of offseason shoulder surgery.
“Any time you’re coming off a significant injury you have to continue to battle through and that’s what this preseason has been for him,” Reid said, via ArrowheadPride.com. “He’s coming off of a shoulder surgery and you saw how he started the game. He started off like gangbusters and then as that arm gets tired he has a tendency to not shoot it quite as fast as he would when it’s fresh. I’m not sure he’s even conscious of that. You see that with players coming off knees, same thing. As the game goes on, they don’t play off it as well as they do earlier in the game.”
Maybe Fisher will get better when his shoulder gets healthier. Or maybe Fisher just isn’t good enough, and the Chiefs will soon realize they made a mistake with the first pick in the draft. Either way, the Chiefs can’t feel comfortable right now with their left tackle situation.