St. Louis Rams Won’t Sign Michael Sam to Practice Squad
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.