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Chiefs GM John Dorsey glad to have Eric Fisher in the fold for first practice

Updated: 2013-10-29T20:35:52Z


The Kansas City Star

— New Chiefs general manager John Dorsey headed for the first training camp practice of his regime on Friday with all hands on deck.

“It’s time to play ball,” Dorsey said after the club announced the signing of offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, to a contract worth up to $22 million for four years with a club option for the fifth year.

“The important thing is everybody is here. We kick off at the right time. We’re all in this together. The first practice is here; everybody is together, and it’s important to have everyone together starting the first day.”

Fisher missed the first three days of practice for rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans, but Dorsey believes Fisher, a rookie from Central Michigan, will hit the ground running and line up at right tackle.

Dorsey cited the attributes he liked in Fisher that led the Chiefs to take him with the first pick.

“Athleticism, explosion … he has the certain personality traits that the really good ones have,” Dorsey said. “He wants to be really good. He knows there are things he has to work on, but he’s willing to do that. We’ll see him progress now.”

The Chiefs also announced before Friday’s practice that it has signed cornerback Conroy Black. Black, who played in college at Utah, spent 2012 on Detroit’s practice squad after entering the league as an undrafted free agent with Oakland.

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