Ever since a disastrous preseason saw him fail to make any push for a Buffalo Bills starting job, 2014 NFL Draft second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio has more or less fallen out of daily discussions about the team - even as the team's makeshift offensive line continues to struggle.
Well, no longer: head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Thursday that, for the past week, Kouandjio has been taking scout team reps at guard.
Doug Marrone says he's seen a 180 in terms of Cyrus Kouandjio's movement skills and that made him want to work him at guard.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) October 16, 2014
The Bills are a bit of a mess up front. Cordy Glenn has been steady at left tackle, but Seantrel Henderson - who beat out Kouandjio for a starting gig after a solid training camp - has struggled mightily on the right side. Erik Pears has been bad since shifting inside to right guard to make way for Henderson, and rookie left guard Cyril Richardson has been arguably the worst of the lot to this point. (Even veteran center Eric Wood has largely struggled in his sixth season.)
Kouandjio, drafted No. 44 overall this past spring out of Alabama, was expected to walk into the starting right tackle job throughout most of the summer. It quickly became apparent during the preseason, however, that that wasn't in the cards, as Kouandjio was by far and away the worst offensive lineman on the team during the team's five-game exhibition slate.
Now, however, the Bills may be just desperate enough up front that they're willing to try anything - including a position switch for a second-round pick that has yet to dress for a NFL game. Kouandjio, the Bills' youngest player at 21, will likely remain on the inactive list for the foreseeable future - but his position switch is something to keep in the back of your mind, especially if the offensive line play does not improve soon.