Sunday, August 31, 2014

Michael Sam expects “a long and successful career”

Shortly after he was released by the Rams, Michael Sam said he sees today as just a minor setback.
Sam wrote on Twitter that he still believes he’s going to make it in the NFL, even if he didn’t make the Rams’ 53-man roster after today’s final cuts.
“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career,” Sam wrote.
Sam played well enough in the preseason that he has a chance to get picked up on waivers by some other NFL team. If so, he’ll be on a 53-man roster heading into Week One of the NFL season.
If Sam isn’t claimed on waivers, he may be signed to the Rams’ practice squad, or he could end up on another team’s practice squad. So Sam will likely get another opportunity to try to make it in the NFL. Even if he fell short on his first opportunity.

Author: Michael David Smith
Photo: USAToday Sports

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seahawks to release Terrelle Pryor

The Rams’ patience may have paid off.
Per a league source, the Seahawks will release quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  A 2011 third-round supplemental pick of the Raiders, Pryor will hit the waiver wire, since he doesn’t yet have four years of experience.
The Rams could very well be interested in Pryor, who has shown flashes of potential at the position.  He was unable, however, to beat out Tarvaris Jackson as the backup to Russell Wilson.
Pryor appeared in 11 games with nine starts last year for the Raiders, who traded him to Seattle in the offseason.
If Pryor clears waivers, he will become a free agent.
Whether by waivers or free agency, the Rams could use a veteran presence behind Shaun Hill.  The only other quarterback currently on the active roster, Austin Davis, has no NFL regular-season experience.

Author: Mike Florio
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gordon’s DUI case continued to November

Lost in the lingering delay regarding Brown receiver Josh Gordon’s appeal is the fact that Gordon faces DUI charges in North Carolina.
Per the Associated Press, a hearing scheduled for Tuesday has been continued until November.
The DUI has no bearing on Gordon’s pending suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.  However, his history of substance-abuse violations could prompt the NFL to suspend him for a first-offense DUI, even though the standard penalty is a two-game fine.
If Gordon ultimately beats the DUI charge, there will be no discipline of any kind.  For this situation.

Author: Mike Florio
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