Sep 1, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Michael Jasper (69) tackles Detroit Lions tight end Gijon Robinson (47) during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions beat the Bills 16 - 6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Buffalo Bills waive Michael Jasper

Former seventh-round pick Michael Jasper has been waived by the Buffalo Bills despite dropping his weight to a the lowest it has been in a long, long time at 374 pounds. In 2011, he came into the draft from Bethel University (for those of you wondering, it’s in Tennessee) at a whopping 394 pounds; he actually played at 440 pounds (!) at college.

This offseason, the Bills converted the intriguing 25-year-old from defensive tackle to guard and was viewed as an interesting project player. At 6’4″, 374 pounds, Jasper has great athleticism and speed for his size, so that combination of size, strength, and athletic ability (32-inch vertical) is certainly worth looking at. He isn’t 53-man roster material, but the Bills did apparently hold off on switching him from NT to a preferred position on the offensive line so that teams wouldn’t claim him from waivers.

It will be interesting to see if a team claims Michael Jasper and tries to develop the practice squad guard. He has really interesting upside, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone took a jump on it. It seems like the Bills have given up on him, or they just don’t feel like he has as much potential or ability as they thought. He is actually a serviceable run blocker already, but he’s a terrible pass protector; that’s the big project part for a team. There are a lot of people who like Jasper and his potential, and we’ll see if other teams feel the same way.

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