Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Bills fans (including us here at BLD) loved following the tale of Michael Jasper, Buffalo’s 7th-round draft pick last season who gained a measure of internet fame thanks to his freakish size (well over 400 pounds) and athleticism. He also had a great story, with a Bills scout promising the team would draft him if he lost enough weight, which he obviously did.
Sadly for Jasper, the ride ended today as the Bills released the offensive lineman.
Jasper – then a defensive lineman – was cut after training camp last season but was brought back to the practice squad in an attempt to turn him into an offensive player. He stuck throughout last season, even getting a call-up to the active roster for the season finale, but Jasper badly struggled in camp this season.
Head coach Chan Gailey was very blunt about Jasper’s performance after Buffalo’s preseason opener, saying, “Michael is struggling. 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.”
Err…not a ringing endorsement.
We’ll miss Jasper, a BLD favorite who was nice enough to give us an interview last season. Best of luck to him in whatever he does next.
The Bills are now down to 89 players (the maximum is 90). The team must cut down to 80 in two weeks. We’ll see if the Bills bring anyone in.