When the Buffalo Bills selected Michael Jasper with their final pick of the seventh round, many had high hopes for the small-school product. The former 400-plus pound offensive lineman from Bethel College displayed an interesting amount of athleticism for a man his size, which led fans to coin him as the team's newest project.
When it didn't work out for Jasper as a nose tackle after last year's training camp, the Bills moved him to the offensive side of the ball upon being signed to the practice squad. A season full of work culminated for him when he was activated for the final week of the season due to a bevy of injuries.
As it turns out, that was the ceiling for Jasper's career in Buffalo. The team announced Monday afternoon that they had released Jasper. The Bills now have 89 players on their active roster, with an empty roster spot waiting to be filled.
Still a fan favorite for some, head coach Chan Gailey was very down on Jasper leading up to his demise with the Bills.
"He's struggling," the head coach said on Saturday. "At some point, you've got to say 'When is it a project, and when is it not?'"
With the news on Monday paired with a camp full of struggles for the second-year guard, it appears Gailey and the Bills have decided on the latter.