The Cincinnati Bengals have wrapped up their minicamps for the offseason and will rest until training camp. Jake Fisher finally got his first full practice.
The Cincinnati Bengals have worked hard this offseason to focus on arguably their biggest weakness, the offensive line. Letting go of longtime offensive line coach Paul Alexander who failed to develop first and second-round pick tackles Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi to take over for Andrew Whitworth last offseason. Cincinnati brought in former Dallas line coach Frank Pollack and a slew of players like left tackle Cordy Glenn, right tackle Bobby Hart, and rookie center Billy Price.
Jake Fisher was the starting right tackle last season when his season all of a sudden came to an end. In November, Fisher had an irregular heartbeat that ended his season. Following surgery this offseason, he was cleared for light workouts in February. This week at mandatory minicamp, Fisher saw his first full practices with the team.
It’s crucial for Fisher to get those reps as there will be competition at the right tackle position come training camp and preseason. With Cedric Ogbuehi still on the roster and Bobby Hart being an offseason addition, Fisher won’t be just handed the starting role. Fisher seemed excited to get back in there after not playing football since November of last year.
"“I was a little rusty, but I knew that’s how it was going to be,” Fisher said, via ESPN.com. “I hadn’t played football since last November, so there’s going to be rust. You’ve just got to take it [for] what it is, understand what you’re doing wrong and fix it and get out there the next day and do it again.”"
I think I speak for all Cincinnati fans when I say I don’t want to see Cedric Ogbuehi win that starting role. The right side of the line at both tackle and guard are the questionable positions coming into the season. Whether Pollack will be able to develop and implement schemes that make for an improved line in 2018 is still a question mark.