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Michael Sam | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261
College: Missouri
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The Rams will not sign free agent DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.
Sam cleared waivers Sunday. St. Louis will announce its ten-man practice squad on Monday, and Sam won't be on it. The 249th overall pick in May's draft played well enough in preseason games to earn a look elsewhere, but to this point Sam has generated no known interest since being waived by the Rams. Aug 31 - 11:07 PM

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Rams seventh-round pick Michael Sam went unclaimed on waivers.

Sam lost a camp battle to the more versatile UDFA DL Ethan Westbrooks. 31 other teams had a chance to claim his rights, but declined. Now he's free to sign with any team he chooses, which should benefit him in the long term. Sam, bidding to become the NFL's first openly gay player to appear in a regular season game, needs to land with a 4-3 club that has a specific need for a situational pass rusher. The Giants are one spot that makes sense.
Aug 31 - 12:11 PM

Rams waived DE Michael Sam.

Sam's bid to become the NFL's first openly gay player to appear in a regular season game hits a speedbump. The 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year was productive during the preseason, earning a slightly positive grade from PFF while compiling two sacks, two QB hits and four QB hurries on 133 snaps. But he was always a bubble prospect due to unimpressive athleticism and no role on special teams. The Rams will likely try to get Sam onto their practice squad, but he'd do better to head to a team with less depth and talent on their D-Line.
Aug 30 - 4:03 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver doesn't expect Michael Sam to make the Rams' 53-man roster.

It's certainly not because he hasn't earned it; there just isn't enough room if the Rams are only going to keep nine linemen. Sam is competing with UDFA DE Ethan Westbrooks for the ninth spot. Westbrooks has registered one sack, three QB hits, and five hurries while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 4-3 end this preseason. Sam should make another team's 53. Silver has a strong connection with coach Jeff Fisher, so his opinion is worth noting.
Aug 29 - 12:11 PM

Michael Sam survived first cuts at Rams camp.

Through three preseason games, Rams coaches have credited Sam with five tackles, three sacks, two QB pressures and one QB hit on 80 snaps. He's gotten a slightly positive grade from PFF and has also done some work as a blocker on special teams. Sam, a seventh-round rookie, is the first openly gay active player in NFL history. SI's Peter King suggested Tuesday that the Rams could try to sneak him onto the practice squad, although doing so would expose him to all other 31 teams via waivers.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 7:56 AM

Rams DE Michael Sam says he's lost 13 pounds since OTAs, and will report to training camp at 257.

Sam, who was listed at 261 at the Combine, said he's "faster and stronger." According to reporter Nick Wagoner, Sam has slimmed down so he can "help on special-teams coverage units." Although the off-the-field scuttlebutt rages on, Sam appears squarely focused on cracking the Rams' 53-man roster. Wagoner has projected that Sam will make the cut.
Jul 22 - 7:20 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner projects seventh-round DE Michael Sam to make the 53-man roster.

The Rams have kept a ninth defensive lineman in each of coach Jeff Fisher's first two seasons, and that's the spot Sam is competing for with DT Matt Conrath, DE Sammy Brown, and UDFA Ethan Westbrooks. The Rams gave Westbrooks a generous signing bonus, while Brown has made strides since being scooped up as a 2012 UDFA. Whoever wins the job will have to show well on special teams. Brown may actually be the best player of the group.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 12:00 PM

GM Jim Popp of the Montreal Alouettes says Rams DE Michael Sam would be a "great fit" in the CFL if he doesn't stick in the NFL.

The Alouettes own Sam's rights in case he ever wants to go north of the border. "He has the skill set to rush the passer and he is not your prototypically sized guy rushing the passer in the NFL," Popp said. Sam, hoping to become the first openly-gay NFL player, will battle for a backup spot on a deep Rams line.
Source: SI.com
Jun 30 - 9:57 AM

Rams signed No. 249 overall pick DE Michael Sam to a four-year contract.

Sam was successful in his bid to become the first openly-gay player drafted in the NFL, but he still has a steep hill to climb in order to make a Rams' roster loaded along the defensive line. The former Missouri standout is currently running with the second-team defense in OTAs with William Hayes sidelined.
Jun 12 - 6:05 PM

The Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday that it is working with Rams seventh-round DE Michael Sam on a documentary series that will show his life as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

"Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability," said Sam. "I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together." The Rams have a reality star on their hands. The OWN cameras may not be the only ones looking to get access to the Rams this season. HBO's Hard Knocks is also said to be interested in following the Rams this summer.
May 15 - 9:13 AM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects the Rams to keep eight or nine defensive linemen on their final 53-man roster.

Seventh-round rookie DE Michel Sam has a steep hill to climb as this is perhaps the deepest defensive line in the NFL. Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford are locks. William Hayes, Eugene Sims and Alex Carrington are also decent bets. It leaves Sam -- along with Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath -- needing to make a serious impression on the coaches come camp.
May 12 - 11:44 AM

Rams selected Missouri DE Michael Sam with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sam (6-foot-1 5/8, 261) earned 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year on the strength of 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Despite a productive college track record, Sam is short on athleticism with a 4.91 forty time and 25 1/2-inch vertical. Sam revealed early in the pre-draft process that he is homosexual, creating all kinds of headlines. His low draft position is much more the result of limited attributes than his sexual orientation, however. Sam's upside is a sub-package pass rusher who plays around 20 snaps per game.
May 10 - 6:50 PM

Out of 21 scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 15 said they wouldn't take Missouri DE Michael Sam until the seventh round or later.

Specifically, three scouts said Round 7, five said they'd sign Sam as a free agent and seven said they wouldn't even sign him at all. The lack of a true position at the NFL level continues to plague last season's SEC co-Defensive POY. "He's not a linebacker, and he's really not a defensive end," an NFC personnel director said. An AFC exec added, "It's a tough fit when you're short and slow and a try-hard overachiever. That's the issue." Sam is hoping to become the NFL's first openly gay player.
May 5 - 9:14 AM

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens, Jets, Patriots, Falcons, Colts and Browns are showing the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam.

The list suggests that some teams (Ravens, Jets, Colts) still view Sam as a possible 3-4 edge player despite his lackluster Combine performance. Either way, he projects as a Day 3 pick that is going to have to earn a spot on a 53-man roster by carving out a situational rusher and special teams role. That's due to talent limitations, not Sam's sexual orientation.
Apr 16 - 9:54 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks sees Missouri DE Michael Sam as a fifth-round prospect.

After a disappointing Combine that saw Sam run a 4.91 and post a 25.5 inch vertical at an undersized 6'2/261, Brooks calls him a mere nickel pass rusher. "He's not athletic enough to be that 3-4 outside linebacker and he's not stout enough to be an every down defensive end," Brooks said. "So, you would need to have a role for him." Sam needs to test better at Missouri's March 20 Pro Day to raise his stock. Either way, he's clearly a fringe-draftable prospect.
Mar 6 - 8:53 AM

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