Michael Sam keeps attention of Rams, NFL with his play

Michael Sam entered training camp facing an uphill battle for a spot on the St. Louis Rams' roster.

That spot still isn't secure, but this much is certain: Every time Sam has stepped on the field in the preseason, he has done something that makes it a little harder to let him go.

Sam won with his outside speed rush again Saturday night and got his second preseason sack by taking down Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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He also was credited with a sack on the game's final play, finishing off Manziel again amid a sea of bodies.

The first meeting of the NFL's two most discussed rookies – Sam for trying to become the league's first openly gay player and Manziel for, well, being Johnny Football – went viral instantly when Sam popped up and mimicked Manziel's signature "money" celebration.

But it'll be the sack on that play that Rams coaches – and scouts for the other 31 teams – will remember when the tape goes on Sunday.

Yes, it came against another backup tackle (second-year pro Martin Wallace) in the fourth quarter. Sam can't control when the Rams put him in the game, though. All he can do is be productive, and Saturday's first sack was probably his most impressive moment of the preseason.

Will it be enough to crack the Rams' deep and talented defensive line (which may have taken a couple injury hits Saturday)? Even general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher might not know that yet. But Sam has certainly done some things to keep the conversation going.


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