The Latest on the Bills Offensive Line

Could Cordy Glenn be kicked inside to guard or moved to right tackle? It's possible. Vic Carucci spoke with Rex Ryan about the team's current offensive linemen.

There hasn’t been any roster additions to the offensive line since the Buffalo Bills signed Richie Incognito on February 9. This isn’t due to a lack of trying by the team. In free agency, the team offered Bryan Bulaga a significant deal, but he opted to return to the Green Bay Packers for less money. The Bills also tried to trade for Jahri Evans of the New Orleans Saints, but the Saints opted to trade Ben Grubbs instead. The team was also rumored to be interested in Evan Mathis of the Eagles. By all accounts, Mathis is still on the trade block. In the draft, the Bills are likely to add another lineman with one of their first two picks.

What about Buffalo’s current offensive linemen? Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News talked to Rex Ryan about the team’s current linemen. Here’s what the head coach had to say.

Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson

“I feel good that we have two young tackles and I’m excited to see Aaron Kromer work with them,” Ryan said of Henderson and left tackle Cordy Glenn, who is entering his fourth season with the Bills. “Those are two guys that you’d love to see what they’re going to do. They’re pretty darn good right now. Let’s see how far they can go.

“Both of them have phenomenal ability.”

One interesting nugget that Carucci added is that Doug Marrone, current offensive line coach of the Jaguars, planned to move Glenn to left guard this season. According to Carucci, the former coaching staff believed that Henderson was the most talented of the linemen and that he should move to left tackle.

Carucci added that this is still an option in 2015, but Ryan and Kromer need to see how the tackle position shakes out. Another option is to flip the two tackles and place Henderson at left tackle and Glenn at right tackle.

Cyrus Kouandjio

Carucci mentioned that the biggest knock on Kouandjio last season was “an inability to bend well enough at the knees to establish a strong base and good balance.”

Currently, the new coaching staff and Doug Whaley are very encouraged by Kouandjio’s work at LeCharles Bentley’s Offensive Line Performance Training Center. The lineman has been at the training center for the majority of the off-season and he plans on staying there until it’s time to report to Buffalo.

It’s important to remember that Kouandjio is only 21 years old. He could play a huge factor on Buffalo’s offensive line in 2015.

Richie Incognito

“Richie hasn’t played in a year, but I think he’s going to be just fine.”

Cyril Richardson and Chris Williams

Ryan noted that he was “excited” about Richardson. He added, “He’s a big, strong, physical guy.”

On Williams, who had an injury shortened season with the Bills:

“Chris Williams? We’ll see how his back is. At one time, I thought he was pretty decent.”

Kraig Urbik

Last, Rex spoke highly of Urbik, who recently restructured his deal with the Bills, as a reserve.

“And then having Kraig Urbik back is a huge plus. In an ideal world, you want him to be your sixth man where he backs up center and both guards. I don’t want him starting.”

Ryan is saying all the right things about his current linemen, but the success of Buffalo’s season could depend upon how well the line performs. Aaron Kromer, a terrific offensive line coach, will be expected to help young players like Richardson and Kouandjio develop, while also maneuvering the line so that the best five players are on the field.

The entire article can be found here: Rex Ryan likes talent on Bills’ offensive line

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