Jake Fisher ready to make switch from tackle to tight end

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The Bills signed and drafted a lot of offensive linemen this offseason.

Former Bengals tackle Jake Fisher wasn’t one of them.

The former second-round pick is making the transition to tight end this year, and is excited about the chance to jump-start his career.

“I think it comes down to being happy every day, what you’re passionate about,” Fisher told the team’s website, via the Buffalo News. “If you’re not doing that, change it up. For me, I’m passionate about tight end. I’m passionate about blocking, contributing any way I can for the team. . . . It’s about setting your mind on something and betting on yourself.”

After four years as a backup with the Bengals, Fisher could have signed on as a backup elsewhere. But he decided to go back to his roots, when he started as a tight end in high school before becoming a lineman at Oregon.

The biggest change is a physical one for Fisher, who played at over 300 pounds in recent years, and is now down to 268.

“For someone that’s not naturally 320 to 340 playing offensive tackle, it took a lot of work to get to 315,” he said. “So a lot of that excess weight just was breaking down my body later in the season, not allowing me to be the best form of me. . . .

“I would say that’s my natural weight. I think I want to be in the low 260s, see how I feel, see how I can block, and go from there.”

He’s going to have to prove he can catch a pass occasionally, or else he’ll serve as a clear signal to defenses to what the Bills intend to do when he’s on the field, but Fisher seems motivated to make the switch work.

15 responses to “Jake Fisher ready to make switch from tackle to tight end

  1. 6th lineman with average blocking technique and below average athleticism. You can find guys like that sitting in sports bars all over America.

  2. His draft class for the Bengals really screwed up a good thing. With him and 1st rounder Cedric O. waiting in the wings they let Whitworth and Zietler walk and the line never recovered. Which led to stop gap player moves as trading for Cordy Glenn and signing human turnstile Hart until notorious cheap skate Mike Brown could let their rookie deals expire and draft replacements . Hate to admit you were drafted poorly and take a cap hit.

    How bad were he and Cedric? They basically got Paul Alexander who had been coaching the Bengals online for 23 years fired.

  3. Does he have OL speed or TE speed ?
    He might have great hands (who knows…..he was a TE before)…..but if he still runs like a 5.0+ fourty he is going to have a problem separating at the NFL level.
    Granted I have no idea of what he ran at 320 lbs….but speed is definitely one of the biggest factors you know separating NFL calibre players from the rest.
    Oh….and add in the nuances like using your hands to separate that TE’s like Witten have perfected.

  4. luke8512 says:
    May 7, 2019 at 7:01 am
    His draft class for the Bengals really screwed up a good thing. With him and 1st rounder Cedric O. waiting in the wings they let Whitworth and Zietler walk and the line never recovered. Which led to stop gap player moves as trading for Cordy Glenn and signing human turnstile Hart until notorious cheap skate Mike Brown could let their rookie deals expire and draft replacements . Hate to admit you were drafted poorly and take a cap hit.

    How bad were he and Cedric? They basically got Paul Alexander who had been coaching the Bengals online for 23 years fired.
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    You are partially correct, but don’t forget that Zeitler got a record deal for a guard and there’s no way the team was going to spend that on a guard. Many teams around the league wouldn’t spend that on a guard so I think it’s a philosophical thing rather than the team being cheap. Paul Alexander was not very good and didn’t last a season in Dallas so that part may be a blessing. You can add in that not having Whitworth blocking the left side likely led to the team being forced to spend a 1st on Jonah Williams this year also. Really it all comes down to Mike Brown being wrong about Andrew Whitworth.

  5. Sean McDermott loves versatile players, kind of like getting 2 players for 1. This guy allows for max protection gimmick TE sets. They said we want to be “multiple” on offense.

  6. the McBean team is an incredible duo. probably the smartest GM/HC pairing in the NFL. NOT. this is their 3rd year. falling short of 9-7 is unacceptable. I expect 5-11.

  7. The McBean duo is indeed making good things happen in the 716! They are methodically building a sustainable winning team! Real simple in the case of Fischer, if he doesn’t work out he won’t be on the final roster, everything is a competition and taking swings on guys is a good strategy!

  8. Hope he finds his niche at tight end. He had every opportunity in the world to be a starting offensive lineman, and couldn’t get it done. I recall him catching a pass for Cincy, probably his best play for us.

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