Andy Reid On Eric Fisher: I Expect Big Things For Him
Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (left) lines up against linebacker Darin Drakeford (66) during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs head coach told the media today that he expects big things from rookie RT Eric Fisher.
He’d better. He made him the top pick in the entire 2013 NFL Draft.
“He’s getting better every day. We’re not holding anything back from him,” said Reid. “We’re throwing it all at him. His hands are a little beat up, and he has all that stuff but in the National Football League, you have to bring it every day. The young guys, they learn that. They all learn that. I’ll tell you what, he’s a competing son of a gun. He comes out, he busts his tail, and he’s learning. I think it’s slowing down for him every day, and I expect big things for him.”
Fisher reportedly struggled a bit early in camp. According to Reid, it takes all college players some time to catch up with the speed of the NFL game.
And Reid feels things are beginning to slow down for Fisher.
“You just need to keep practicing,” Reid said. “I would tell you that for anybody at the college level or this level. They have to get used to the speed. They have to get used to the guy over you. He’s the best guy that played over you in college. You’re going to have that guy every day. You’re going to have to bring your lunch every day to work. You can’t take a day off. That’s not how it works. Guys are cranking on you every day. Every young guy goes through that. I love the way he’s handling that. He’s a tough nut and I like his approach. If he gets beat, he’s right back in there fighting. You love that.”
The Chiefs are now nine days away from their first preseason game versus the New Orleans Saints, so Fisher still has plenty of practices to get ready.
What do you think, Addicts? Will Fisher struggle early or will he catch up quick and be a dominant player from day one?