The biggest gamble of the 2011 NFL Draft has not paid off for the Buffalo Bills, who have released offensive lineman Mike Jasper.
The Bills used a seventh-round pick last year on Jasper, a 6′ 4″, 450-pound two-way player out of tiny Bethel College in Tennessee. He was only on the active roster for one game last season, during which he never took the field. After spending the other 15 games last year on the practice squad, he was being overmatched in training camp this year by other linemen competing for backup jobs, despite dropping to 375 pounds.
“Michael is struggling,” coach Chan Gailey said 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.”
The roster stands at 89, one short of the maximum. But given that rosters need to be trimmed to 80 by Aug. 28, the Bills will probably not rep...