Despite the impressive preseason performance he put on for the St. Louis Rams, rookie defensive end Michael Sam is apparently not going to be named to the team’s 10-man practice squad after being clearing waivers.
No Michael Sam on Rams’ practice squad. Jeff Fisher remains a fan but needs practice help at other positions due to injury concerns.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) September 1, 2014
Sam was set to become the first openly-gay football player to see NFL action, but that will be put on hold for now. The 2014 seventh-round pick amassed six total tackles, two sacks and four quarterback hurries, but failed to make the Rams’ final 53-man roster. After clearing waivers, Sam has received no known interest and won’t be added to the St. Louis roster right now.
Despite the obvious fallback to signing Sam – the accompanying media circus – the Missouri product has the potential to be a solid pass-rush specialist who can serve in a rotational role. He proved to be a worthwhile player during the preseason, but still needs time to develop.
It’s not going to be easy for Sam to crack a rotation considering his raw abilities and lack of elite athleticism, but if a team is willing to overlook the constant spotlight, he should be a solid asset. There are definitely several fits for the free agent.
We’ll see if anything comes to fruition, but for now, Sam is a man without a home.