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Michael Sam gets last chance at Rams’ preseason impression

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.Jeff Roberson,AP

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team’s NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster.

For him — and everyone else on NFL roster bubbles — a preseason finale is anything but meaningless.

Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players to state their cases before teams pare down their rosters to the NFL-mandated 53 by Saturday afternoon.

“I will be playing a lot more,” Sam told the Rams’ web site in a videotaped interview.

The NFL’s first openly gay player is battling for a spot on St. Louis’ defensive line, which just happens to be a position where the Rams are extremely deep. Sam has shown some flashes of great potential — his sacks of Johnny Manziel against Cleveland last week maybe foremost among them — but knows those plays alone won’t win him a job.

“I’ve got to get better every week,” Sam said.

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