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Draft Scout Michael Sam News
09/03/14 - DE Michael Sam was signed to the practice squad. The Cowboys cut DE Will Smith to make room for Sam, who became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL when he was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams last May. He had three sacks in the preseason but was cut by the Rams on Saturday and cleared waivers. The Cowboys signed him because of a desperate need to develop defensive ends and pass rushers.
"It feels good to be a Cowboy," Sam said. "It feels great. I thought I did really good (in the preseason) to earn a spot on a team and I'm very grateful that it was the Cowboys. I'm very grateful to Jerry Jones and the Dallas organization. I'm trying to help the Cowboys any way I can so I can earn a spot on this team and help our team win games.
"Anything I can. On special teams. Left end. Right end. Where ever. If they want me to hold the ball I will hold the ball. I will do it to perfection."
"We are looking for pressure players," Jones said. "That's his position ... We hope he can refine his skills. He's not ready to go at all. But we want anybody that is qualified and has opportunity to help our team. They should get a chance.
08/29/14 - DE Michael Sam had six tackles, according to press-box statistics, in the preseason finale against the Dolphins. Sam appears to be in a roster competition with DE Ethan Westbrooks, who had four tackles, one for loss, and a sack against Miami.
05/12/14 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...In a conference call with St. Louis media, Sam sounded like he wanted to jump through the phone line and begin playing immediately. "Let me tell you something," he said. "If we were playing the Vikings (the Rams' first opponent) right now I would probably have three sacks the first game." Had the Rams not drafted Sam, they would have tried to sign him as a free agent, but there would have been competition from other teams. As for other teams with interest, Sam became animated. "It doesn't matter who was talking to me," he said. "They didn't have the (guts) that St. Louis had. I'm telling you, no one had the (guts) that St. Louis has and I'm proud to give everything I've got to St. Louis. So many people are proud of the St. Louis organization for being the one to make history."
While believing he should have been selected no later than the third round, he wouldn't speculate whether his sexuality concerned teams. Said Sam, "Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know. They saw Michael Sam's name and they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board until the end. They picked me in the late seventh round and I feel like I'm (Jadeveon) Clowney being the first pick in the draft, so I'm proud of where I am now." As are many others. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...Said Fisher, "That's a football player with ability that you just can't pass up. He's very versatile. He's got good get-off. He's got good hand use. He's a relentless player. He's a chase guy. How many tackles for loss? I think it was 19 tackles for loss, a big part of their success." Added Snead, "Eleven-and-a-half sacks, probably nine pressures. Screams off the edge." He will be competing with a group that includes Robert Quinn, Chris Long, William Hayes and Eugene Sims. But Sam is ready. He said, "I am a pass rusher. I sack quarterbacks - that's my main job. I want to get better with the D-line coach (Mike Waufle) and the defensive coordinator (Gregg Williams). That's my job. We'll probably have the most quarterback sacks in the NFL next season." Last season, the Rams were third in the NFL with 53 sacks.
Fisher said, "We're going to have the ability to package things up with him and take advantage of his athletic ability." Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis was asked about Sam fitting in with a talented and diverse defensive line. He said, "I do think we're getting an extremely productive guy that's going to come in and work hard. I think he's going to want to prove himself and we're excited about that. I think from the reaction you've seen from people on our team on Twitter and all that, I think it just shows we've got a group of guys that all we care about is, hey, if you can come in and help this football team and win football games and get to where we want to go, I think that answer is definitely yes." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Rams make history; now it's time for football...The Rams are accustomed to making history. It may have been 68 years ago, but in 1946, one year before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, the Rams signed the first black player in the so-called modern era, Kenny Washington. There had been blacks in the early years of the game, but they were banned after the 1933 season. The signing of Washington ended a 12-year stretch without black players. Told that fact, Sam said, "The Rams know what the hell they're doing."
Still, there were other opportunities to select Sam since the Rams had two picks in the sixth round and used two earlier seventh-round picks on other players. But as punters and small-college players went off the board, as well as players that the league didn't even have information on, and Sam's name wasn't being called, head coach Jeff Fisher believed it was time. A few picks before they would use their final two choices in the draft, Fisher had conversations with chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and owner Stan Kroenke and the decision was made along with general manager Les Snead. Said Fisher, "From a historic standpoint, I'm honored to be a part of that as Les and Kevin and Mr. Kroenke are. Again, Michael's a good football player and you guys would know if you paid much attention to the response by some of his new teammates, but they're pretty excited to have him in the building. "It was the right thing to do at the right time." Still, the Rams didn't select Sam for the positive headlines it would generate. They believe, even within a very competitive position group, that Sam can help make it better. Yes, as Sam knows, aside from the obvious storyline, whatever happens on the field will be all up to him. - The Sports Xchange