Former Chief Tank Tyler was one of the youngsters last season that didn’t fit in with Todd Haley and Scott Pioli’s new regime, but now he’s a veteran for the rebuilding Carolina Panthers. Tyler asked for a trade early last season not because he didn’t like Kansas City, but so he could get on the field more.
“I kind of noticed when I wasn’t playing as much it was time for a change,” he said. “The whole reason I play football is to be on the field, so when they made the trade and I was going back home. I was more than happy.”
Tyler said he doesn’t have any resentment toward the Chiefs’ coaching staff, but it was time for a change.
The new start in Carolina was good. He played in the next six games before injuring his right knee against the New York Jets in Week 12 and later had microfracture surgery.
He said overcoming the injury made him stronger, and the surgery was a minor setback. The Panthers, however, have gradually moved Tyler back into practices. Monday was the first day he was given the go to participate twice in a day.
“He is getting better,” Fox said. “He has made the progression from one-a-day to two-a-days, so he is making good progress.”
That progress is the reason he will compete to be a starter once again.
“I kind of see it as open right now, and every year in training camp you have to fight for a position,” Tyler said. “That is what we are all doing right now – fighting for a starting spot and to make it a great defensive line when we are out there.”
Good to see Tyler bouncing back from his injury as he gets to play near home. I always liked him and was encouraged early on last year when he was on pace for the best season of his young career. For a team without any depth in the middle, Tyler seemed like the type of guy you hold onto, but clearly Pioli and Haley didn’t feel the same way.