The development of rookie tackle Eric Fisher gets another boost Friday when the Chiefs open their preseason with a game against the Saints in New Orleans.
“It’s going to be huge for me,’’ said Fisher, selected by the Chiefs with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. “I finally get to experience the NFL for real. I’m excited to get down there.’’
He’s not the only one. Camp has become monotonous for Fisher and his 89 teammates. The Chiefs have one more practice, Tuesday at Missouri Western State University, before the game in New Orleans.
“Football is fun and the games are exciting but when you’re out here in training camp it’s definitely work,” Fisher said Monday. “That’s exactly what it is. It’s your job. It’s my career.
“To go against somebody else and not have to go against these guys like the last 10 practices, I’m really excited to do that.’’
Coach Andy Reid said he hadn’t determined a specific plan for how much the starters would play against the Saints.
“The (starters) will get a little bit and then the (top backups) will get a little bit,’’ Reid said. “Everybody will play. I’ve just got to figure out exactly how much I’m going to give each group.’’
He did indicate the Chiefs would follow NFL tradition and run just a few of their basic plays against the Saints.
“You won’t see much (of the playbook),’’ Reid said. “I just want the guys to go out and execute, particularly the young guys trying to make this football team so they’re not scrambling out there. They can actually have plays they’re comfortable with and can go full speed and show (ability).’’