Saturday, August 10, 2013
Eric Fisher starting well for Chiefs
By Bill Williamson
Whether tackle Eric Fisher can replace departed standout Branden Albert is among the questions facing the Chiefs after a busy offseason.
The No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft made his preseason debut Friday night. And, afterward, the Kansas City Chiefs have no qualms about their selection of right tackle Eric Fisher.
“I thought he did a good job,” coach Andy Reid told reporters Saturday. “There were a couple of things in the run game that he’s got to learn to feel, that when you’re into a third step with a guy he’s going to try to counter back across the face. Other than that, I thought he did a good job. His assignments were accurate. His protection was good. For the first game, he kept his emotions intact to where he could function well. He had a great hip explosion. I was impressed with what he did for a first-timer.”
Fisher -- who sustained a minor hand injury in the game that will not keep him out of practice -- was applauded before the draft as much for his approach as for his immense physical prowess. Reid said the Central Michigan product has been as advertised.
“He doesn’t say much. He just goes out and plays, which is refreshing,” Reid said. “He goes out and does his thing. He’s not one to boast, and he doesn’t have the big ups and downs. If he gets beat he just kind of goes back in there. He didn’t get beat in the game, but in practice if he gets beat, he doesn’t throw a tantrum. He gets back in and works to get better. You kind of appreciate his approach.”