When the Rams selected former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round of this past May’s NFL draft, the team made history by drafting the first openly gay player to the NFL.
Regardless of the media and hyperbole surrounding Sam, his play is what will ultimately decided whether or not he makes the team with the final roster cuts coming this Saturday. Sam survived the first round of roster cuts, but there is no indication that he is guaranteed a spot on the final roster.
While ESPN is reporting on Sam’s showering habits, the Rams team is deciding whether or not they can utilize Sam during the regular season. According to head coach Jeff Fisher, the ruling on whether or not Sam makes the team will be based on his defensive abilities mostly, and not special teams.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the decision on Michael Sam making it will be almost entirely based on his defensive ability, not special teams.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 26, 2014
Sam has looked strong thus far in the preseason, including his highlight sack on Johnny Manziel where he proceeded to use Manziel’s money sign celebration. Everytime Sam has made his way into the game, he has made an impact almost immediately.
If Sam won’t be utilized on special teams, it will likely make it harder for him to make the team. While Fisher did not rule out special teams for Sam, it seems that as of now the decision will be based on his defensive plays.