Eric Fisher remains important figure for Chiefs, in 2015 and beyond

Eric Fisher has been moved from the left to the right tackle position prior to the Chiefs' Week 1 game. David Eulitt/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Fisher took the news like a pro, at least publicly. The career arc of the former No. 1 overall draft pick took another hit this week when the Kansas City Chiefs moved Fisher from left tackle, the offensive line's premium position, to right.

"If they need me on the right, hey, I'm all for it," Fisher said Wednesday as the Chiefs continued preparations for Sunday's season opener at the Houston Texans.

"If they need me on the right, I'll go to the right. If they need me on the left, I'll go to the left. Whatever I've got to do to help this team win. If that's what coach [Andy] Reid thinks is best for out five up front ... so be it."

So it appears Fisher has taken the proper first step in what can be looked at in no other way than as a demotion. In announcing that Fisher would play on the right, Reid said it was all about new left tackle Donald Stephenson because he is more comfortable on that side of the line.

But the Chiefs don't make this move if Fisher is good enough as a left tackle. If he is, the Chiefs put Stephenson on the right side and let him adjust.

They gave left tackle to Stephenson instead. He played well the last half of the preseason when Fisher was out with a sprained ankle but make no mistake, this is more about Fisher and where he is at this point of his career.

He's a right tackle. To put that in perspective, the Chiefs signed last year's starting right tackle, Ryan Harris, on the eve of training camp when he was unemployed.

In other words, competent right tackles can be found in a lot of places. They don't need to be found with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

That's where Fisher is now. But it's not to say he's not an important figure for the Chiefs. He is. He's still a starter, albeit on the right side. He'll be the left tackle if Stephenson is injured.

Most importantly, he'll probably be the Chiefs' left tackle in 2016 and beyond. The Chiefs have a recent history of letting their offensive linemen walk in free agency and Stephenson is in the final season of his contract. If he plays well as a left tackle, he'll most likely be too expensive for the Chiefs to retain.

So the Chiefs still have a lot invested in Fisher. It's important he plays well this season. An important part of that is forgetting about the expectations that come with being a former No. 1 draft pick.

Fisher said that process, finally, has begun.

"I took some time to really do some self [searching] and find out where I need to grow mentally, physically and be a better player overall," he said. "I think I took advantage of that and had a pretty decent camp until I [injured the ankle]. But, hey, on to the next game and I'm looking forward to that.

"I guess it's more of a mental thing. You've got your mind on different things, your mind on living up to expectations and what everybody else thinks about you. In the end, it's what the guys in this building, the coaches and the staff, that's what you really need to prove yourself to instead of the whole world."

With that said, it's time for Fisher to start proving it to anyone he deems important. He has been a disappointment in his first two NFL seasons to his coaches and teammates and anyone else paying attention. He hasn't played anything like the No. 1 overall pick should play.

That's not to say Fisher can't eventually get there, or somewhere close. He's only 24, so time is on his side. But it can't happen soon enough for the Chiefs.