Cowboys rookie practice squad member Michael Sam is showing some improvement on the practice field but still has a long way to go, according to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
“He’s done some good things,” Marinelli said, per ESPN Dallas. “The only thing he really gets is some of our individual periods, and then he gets some one-on-one rushes on Wednesday, and I think he’s gotten a little bit better.
“But it’s tougher for a practice squad guy because these other guys here, they’re pounding with all week long in terms of fundamentals and game-planning and those things. So it’s a little tougher, but he’s got movement. I like his quickness and his instincts. He’s got really good work habits, so just keep working to develop him.”
Sam, who is attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, was signed to the Cowboys practice squad on September 3. The 2013 SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year at Mizzou, he was originally selected in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams but was released in the final round of cuts.
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