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Cyrus Kouandjio | Tackle | #71

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 322
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (44) / BUF
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Bills GM Doug Whaley said he would be disappointed if Cyrus Kouandjio did not win the right tackle job.
A 2014 second-round pick, Kouandjio entered his first two offseasons as the favorite to start at right tackle, but he lost out both times to Seantrel Henderson. With Henderson battling Crohn's disease, Kouandjio should get another shot this year, but he is second-favorite to Jordan Mills for the job. The Buffalo News has called this a "make-or-break" year for Kouandjio's Bills career. May 24 - 9:30 AM
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The Buffalo News suggests 2014 second-round OT Cyrus Kouandjio is entering a "make-or-break" year with the Bills.

The 44th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Kouandjio earned just two starts in his second NFL season, though he did grade out positively at Pro Football Focus. In training camp, Kouandjio will be among the contenders for Buffalo's right tackle vacancy. Jordan Mills is the favorite. Seantrel Henderson projects to be in the mix depending on his recovery from Crohn's disease.
May 22 - 3:48 PM

Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Dolphins.

Kouandjio was not on the injury report this week, so being completely ruled out on Saturday is not a great sign. Seantrel Henderson (concussion, probable) will be back to start at right tackle.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 11:59:00 AM

Cyrus Kouandjio "has seen significantly more time" at right tackle than Seantrel Henderson during OTAs.

Kouandjio spent 2014 behind Henderson, but the Bills view him as the better fit under Greg Roman. Henderson has been getting the majority of his reps as the second-team left tackle and could be reduced to a swing role. It’s possible Buffalo views Henderson as contract-year LT Cordy Glenn’s replacement.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Bills RT Cyrus Kouandjio has been getting the majority of first-team reps at OTAs.

Kouandjio has a clean slate under Buffalo's new coaching staff after a lost rookie season. The Bills are letting him compete for the right tackle job, where his power-blocking profiles as a better fit in OC Greg Roman's scheme. A 2014 second-round pick, Kouandjio could push incumbent RT Seantrel Henderson to a swing role with a strong training camp.
Wed, May 27, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Bills.com’s Chris Brown believes Cyrus Kouandjio "will be given every opportunity" to remain at right tackle.

Kouandjio was active for one game (zero snaps) as a rookie. At 6'7/322, he profiles as a strong fit for OC Greg Roman's run-heavy scheme and could be a candidate to start over incumbent RT Seantrel Henderson. Depending on what the Bills do in the draft, Kouandjio may also compete at one of the guard spots.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said OT Cyrus Kouandjio could be moved to guard.

A second-round pick, Kouandjio appeared in just one game after losing out to Seantrel Henderson for the right tackle job. With Kraig Urbik a candidate for release and Erik Pears a free agent, Kouandjio could be a starting option at one of the interior line spots in 2015.
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Bills rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio has been taking "a lot of reps" as the starting right guard this week in practice.

Notoriously tight-lipped coach Doug Marrone said Kouandjio "absolutely might" be active against the Chiefs. The Bills current RG Erik Pears has been a disaster this season, so it is conceivable Buffalo is looking for a change. Kouandjio has yet to play a snap this season.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Bills rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio has been getting reps at guard in practice.

Kouandjio has yet to be active this season. "We do have (Kouandjio) playing some guard," coach Doug Marrone said Thursday. "We did move him in there, so he’s playing guard on the scout team and we’re working on developing him." The Bills have one of the league's worst offensive lines, with RT Seantrel Henderson getting dominated, and the entire guard corps struggling. Getting reps on the interior is an easy way for Kouandjio to make himself more valuable.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 06:27:00 PM

Bills rookie RT Cyrus Kouandjio was reportedly "dominated" in Wednesday's joint practice with the Steelers.

The whole Buffalo offensive line apparently looked like garbage. OL coach Pat Morris called out Kouandjio during the OL vs. DL drill by saying, "You might as well be Venus de Milo." Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue in Paris. Kouandjio has been getting whipped by opposing pass rushers. Once viewed as the favorite at right tackle, Kouandjio will be lucky to earn the swing tackle job.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 06:56:00 PM

According to WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia, rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio "has not been the player the team was expecting when they selected him in the second round" of May's draft.

Buscaglia reports Kouandjio has been outplayed by both incumbent RT Erik Pears and seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson. Kouandjio seemed to be penciled in to Buffalo's starting right tackle job when he was drafted, but Pears appears to be comfortably ahead of him on the depth chart. Kouandjio could also fall behind Henderson when LT Cordy Glenn (illness) gets cleared.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Bills signed No. 44 overall pick OT Cyrus Kouandjio to a four-year contract.

Standing in at 6-foot-7, 322 pounds, Kouandjio is the favorite for right-tackle duties in Buffalo. Kouandjio's main concern is injury, as he tore his ACL in 2011 and was red-flagged at the Combine for an arthritic knee. He's a boom-or-bust prospect.
Thu, May 29, 2014 05:51:00 PM

Bills second-round OT Cyrus Kouandjio and incumbent starter Erik Pears have been splitting first-team reps at right tackle in OTAs.

The job should be Kouandjio's to lose. Pears is due a $2.75 million salary this season, and the Bills can save nearly $3 million against the cap by cutting him. Kouandjio has great size (6-foot-7, 322) to go with long arms (35 5/8 inches) but needs technical work and has injury concerns. The Bills are a run-heavy offense, and that's where Pears struggles. Chris Hairston will be the swing tackle.
Wed, May 28, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Bills selected Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Kouandjio (6-foot-6 3/4, 322) made 26 starts on A.J. McCarron's blindside, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior before turning pro. He tore his ACL in 2011 and was red-flagged at the Combine for an arthritic knee, later flunking multiple team physicals. Kouandjio's measurables also underwhelmed with a 5.59 forty, 27 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot broad jump. He managed 21 reps of 225, though Kouandjio's freakish 35 5/8-inch arms make benching more difficult. Kouandjio is a boom-or-bust prospect with technical flaws and medical concerns, but he'll be the favorite to slide in at right tackle in Buffalo.
Fri, May 9, 2014 08:00:00 PM

The Washington Post considers Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio a prime candidate to be selected by the Redskins at the No. 34 overall pick.

Kouandjio played high school football at nearby DeMatha, and would satisfy the Redskins' right tackle need. They're looking for a stronger upgrade on incumbent RT Tyler Polumbus. The Post's Mark Maske also considers Virginia OT Morgan Moses a candidate to be selected with the second round's second pick.
Fri, May 9, 2014 01:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Justin Hunter
4Percy Harvin
WR21Robert Woods
2Brandon Tate
3Marcus Easley
WR31Marquise Goodwin
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Gerald Christian
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Ryan Groy
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
K1Dan Carpenter