ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) — St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says it won’t be hard for the team to cut Michael Sam if he’s unable to earn a spot on the roster.
Fisher made the comment during a conference call after Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, was selected with the 249th pick in the seventh round. Fisher was asked if the organization would be put in a tough spot if they had to release Sam if he wasn’t good enough to make the team.
“I would say no because we picked him within the process and we’re going to reduce this roster within the process. So, I don’t see that being an issue,” Fisher told reporters.
Fisher said it will be very “competitive” for Sam to make the Rams roster.
“It’s going to be very competitive for him, as it will be for some of the other guys, the later picks, because of the depth and the talent level at the position. He’s going to have to come in, and like the rest of his new teammates, these rookies, they’re not in shape. Not in the condition our veterans are in. He’s going to have to work to get in great shape and we’ll blend him in the offseason program and we’ll go,” Fisher explained to reporters.
Sam took the drop in the draft personally, saying he thought he should’ve been drafted during the first three rounds.
“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said during a conference call, adding that other teams chickened out on selecting him.
The frustration mounted for Sam as the hours and rounds passed by, but he felt he would be picked.
“I knew I was going to get picked somewhere. Every team that passed me, I was thinking how I’m going to sack their quarterback,” Sam said.
Sam stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.
“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said.
“They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”
Sam was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season at the University of Missouri. Sam will be formally introduced by the Rams, along with the rest of the draft picks, during a press conference Tuesday.
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