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10/21/15 - OT Cyrus Kouandjio was Buffalo's second-round pick in 2014, but to say his NFL career has gotten off to a slow and disappointing start would be an understatement. Last year, he was beaten out for the right tackle job by fellow rookie Seantrel Henderson, a seventh-round choice, and played only three snaps on offense all season.
Henderson is still the starter this year, but that won't be the case when the Bills take on Jacksonville in London on Sunday.
Henderson is back in Buffalo going through the NFL's concussion protocol, and Kouandjio may get the first start of his career. The Bills signed veteran Jordan Mills, who has 29 career NFL starts, off the waiver wire this week, and coach Rex Ryan was non-committal on who would start, but Kouandjio probably has the edge.
"We're happy to have both guys here, we'll see what happens, but obviously Cyrus has been here," said Ryan.
Kouandjio took over for Henderson in the first quarter last week, and Ryan said of that performance, "I thought it wasn't a perfect job, but he stepped in in some tough situations and I thought he did a decent job."
Kouandjio said he'll be ready to go if needed, and it will be exciting to finally get his first start.
"There's a lot of ups and downs in the NFL," Kouandjio said. "The biggest thing I learned about myself is resilience, playing through all types of situations with my mind, with my body. Sucking it up and going."
07/30/14 - T Cyrus Kouandjio has struggled with the speed of some of Buffalo's edge rushers and has not made the kind of push some expected at right tackle. He was involved in the first real camp fight on Monday, and part of that may have been borne out of frustration.
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 2/44 -- Cyrus Kouandjio, T, 6-7, 322, Alabama...The native of Cameroon came to America when he was 4, played soccer into middle school, and then switched to football in high school. He and his brother, Arie, both played for Nick Saban at Alabama. He played as a freshman in 2011 but suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and missed the final third of the season. Came back to start the final 26 games of his career, and the Bills were told he never missed a practice either. Was a consensus first-team All-America in 2013, but his knee issue gave some teams pause. Dr. James Andrews ultimately wrote a letter to explain that the knee was fine and would not hinder Kouandjio. Has very long arms which make pass rushers take a wider arc to get around him. He should compete immediately for the starting right tackle job with Erik Pears. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - The Bills made a concerted effort to upgrade their offensive line, and one of the key factors in the selection of players was size. Second-rounder Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama is 6-foot-7, 322, fifth-rounder Cyril Richardson of Baylor is 6-foot-5, 343, and seventh-rounder Seantrel Henderson is 6-foot-7, 331. "We talked about this, Doug (Whaley) and I, and we talked about it with the scouts," said Marrone, an ex-offensive lineman himself. "I think you can see it throughout the AFC East. I can't speak for the other teams, but you look at the defensive linemen that are in this division and you're going against everyone in New York to the guys in Miami and obviously the players in New England and then you look at the players we're getting. The people inside, everyone is getting bigger players, at least in our division if you look at it. I can't really say the reason why the other people are doing it, but we're doing it for the matchups. So that we can matchup with those players inside." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 29/4. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, 6-7, 322, 5.50, 1-2...It is unclear if Kouandjio's durability is more of a concern than his ability, but it became a topic at the combine after several teams mentioned he was not given a clean bill of health due to a residual, arthritic condition in his knee. He underwent surgery after a season-ending injury in 2011. The player and his coach, Nick Saban, dismissed such concerns, saying Kouandjio played well in all 27 games through the last two seasons.
Furthermore, Alabama coaches believe he can be better than former linemate D. J. Fluker (No. 11 overall in 2013, San Diego Chargers). Frankly: There are no guarantees on anybody and Kouandjio showed plenty of raw ability after his 2011 surgery. Still, don't let that discussion obfuscate the fact that Kouandjio still has more promise than polish and although he has NFL strength, those tree trunk legs may not be quick enough for left tackle. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com