Printed on: December 27, 2012

Asper claimed by Jags


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Bonneville graduate and Oregon standout Mark Asper became a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Christ-mas Eve, claimed by the Jags after he was put on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.

The Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also put in a waiver claim for Asper but lost out due to NFL waiver claim priority rules favoring teams with the poorest win-loss records.

The 2-13 Jaguars are tied with Kansas City for the league's worst record and were awarded the claim.

Had the Bills won the claim, Asper would have returned to the team that drafted him in the sixth round earlier this year. Buffalo placed Asper on waivers as a procedural move at the end of training camp and lost him to Minnesota.

Asper has been on the Vikings' 53-man roster for the season's first 15 games, backing up seven-year veteran left tackle Charlie Johnson on the Minnesota depth chart.

Jacksonville has activated Asper and he is expected to be on the 53-man roster for this week's season finale at Tennessee.

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Asper is in his rookie NFL season. Fellow Oregon graduate and defensive lineman Bran-don Bair (South Fremont) is a member of the Oakland Raiders practice squad.