Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher struggled through his rookie season, but, like Jacksonville Jaguars No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, the first overall pick’s rookie season was essentially a lost cause due to injuries. Fisher played in 14 games, but he suffered through a sports hernia that needed surgery, a shoulder injury that needed surgery, and several other injuries (including a concussion) that prevented him from feeling comfortable last year. It’s hard enough for any offensive tackle to adjust to the NFL, because it’s a difficult position to make the jump. But it’s even more difficult for a small-school prospect from Central Michigan, especially given the number of nagging injuries that he faced.
Fisher is a solid bet to have a bounce-back season in 2014, and Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that Fisher put on 20 pounds in an effort to get stronger and, possibly, hold up better through a grueling season. The 23-year-old left tackle stated, “I’m weighing about 315. I’m happy with that weight. I think they’re happy with that weight.”
Per Paylor, Fisher played between 295 and 300 pounds last season, and a weight of 315 pounds is much better for someone with his 6’7″ frame. Fisher is a beastly player with excellent size and physical tools, and I think the increase in weight will greatly help him. I’m sure he’s worked on his technique throughout the offseason, and the Chiefs will be counting on their franchise LT to look the part next season, as they will be gunning for at least a repeat performance of their turn-around 2013 campaign.