It's been a long time since April when the Kansas City Chiefs selected tackle Eric Fisher with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. A lot has happened since then. Rookie minicamp, OTA's, full team minicamp, some time off, and then two weeks of training camp. It took a little longer than some anticipated to get Fisher signed (the first day of camp to be exact) but, nonetheless, he never missed a practice aside from when the rookies and QBs reported early. Now the "Big Fish" is gearing up for his first NFL action under the lights in the Superdome Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.
"It's going to be huge for me," said Fisher. "I finally get to experience the NFL for real. I'm excited to get down there."
Anytime a player is the first overall pick he's instantly expected to be a starter and for Fisher, he will be the team's starting right tackle this season. Branden Albert will continue to anchor the LT spot, giving the Chiefs two strong bookend tackles to protect new QB Alex Smith and block for the speedy Jamaal Charles. Fisher replaces "the talker" Eric Winston, who only spent one season in Kansas City. As the first top pick in Chiefs history, fans are excited to see him block on the right side of the line and Fisher is happy to see new faces to block against come Friday.
"To go against somebody else and not have to go against these guys like the last ten practices, I'm really excited to do that."
He certainly has had his hands full going up against guys like Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. It can't be a bad thing to compete against some of the game's great pass rushers as you prepare for your first season in the NFL. Fisher definitely won't see players like those two each and every week, so going up against them in practice will make him become that much better.
Along with Fisher, it will be Andy Reid's first actual game as head coach of his new team. GM John Dorsey will be able to evaluate his new team for the first time during a live game. And of course we can't forget the new guy throwing the football, Alex Smith who will lineup under center for the first time as a member of the Chiefs. So a lot of new faces will be wearing red on the KC sidelines in New Orleans as they reach another stepping stone towards the 2013 season.
Football is coming.
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