Do we have a reason for Eric Fisher‘s rough rookie season? Andy Reid announced at his press conference this morning Eric Fisher is recovering from offseason surgeries on his shoulder and for a sports hernia. His rehab is going well.
Reid presser has begun. Fisher had shoulder and sports hernia surgery. Has been rehabbing and doing well, Reid said.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 21, 2014
Reid also said Fisher has added five pounds of “good weight” in addition to the surgery news. It was clear Fisher needed to get stronger when facing stronger pass rushers, so hopefully the added weight and the fixed shoulder will help. Additionally, he’ll be moving back to the left side where he’s played for most of his career.
A healthy and improved Fisher is going to be key to the Chiefs’ continued success in 2014. Fisher was taken over Luke Joeckel because Fisher, while not being as polished as a lineman, was considered to have the higher upside than Joeckel. There is a reasonable chance Fisher could be a better tackle than Branden Albert should he reach his ceiling, and Kansas City desperately needs him to get close to that level.
To that end, Reid said he was comfortable with where the Chiefs are at tackle heading into the draft and they had kept some younger guys on the roster last year with the idea they could lose Albert, Geoff Schwartz, and Jon Asamoah to free agency.