Michael Jasper has been released
The Buffalo Bills have released Michael Jasper according to the team website. Jasper was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft and was seen as a project. After spending the 2011 season on the Bills practice squad, Jasper was hoping to make the 2012 roster as an offensive lineman. Jasper faced plenty of competition this offseason on the interior line and struggled to grasp his role on the line. Heading into their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Chan Gailey stated:
“Michael is struggling,” said head coach Chan Gailey on the heels of the team’s first preseason game last week. “Michael has got to learn his assignments. He’s got to learn to play physical every snap. A big, strong guy that’s got a lot of talent as we all know, but he’s got to be more physical and he’s got to continue to push through on assignments.”
This move is not a surprise as the Bills have done a phenomenal job of improving their depth in the past few seasons. In doing so, it's hard to justify a spot for a project player, regardless of his potential and athleticism.