With NFL teams across the country finalizing their rosters to cut down to the 53 man limit tomorrow afternoon, St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam is confident he will make an NFL squad.
The St. Louis Rams made NFL history when they selected the former Missouri defensive end and former SEC defensive player of the year in the seventh round of this past May’s NFL draft. With the pick, the Rams became the first team in history to draft an openly gay player in the NFL.
Beyond the media hoopla, Sam has played his heart out in order to prove he is NFL ready. In his preseason finale last night against the Miami Dolphins, Sam recorded another five tackles to add on to his already impressive preseason.
“I’m very confident,” Sam said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”
Although Sam has been impressive in the preseason, his roster spot is far from guaranteed because the Rams have a very deep defensive line corps. Considering that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher stated earlier this week that Sam’s roster spot will be determined based on his defensive abilities, and not based on his special teams play, it will make it even harder for Sam to garner a roster spot.
If Sam is ultimately cut by the Rams, it should not be long before he finds his way on any of the other 31 teams in the NFL prior to the start of Week 1.