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LB Sam wants to be viewed as a football player

Michael Sam, who is hopeful of being the first openly gay player in the NFL, said Saturday that he has another goal that he hopes to accomplish.
“I just wish people would see me as Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay man,” Sam said during an interview with reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Sam went public about being gay earlier this month. He’s now focusing on testing well at the scouting combine in front of representatives from every team, including the 49ers and Raiders.
Sam was voted co-Defensive Player of the Year as a pass-rush linebacker at Missouri. It just so happens that the Raiders are in dire need of players that can apply consistent pressure on the quarterback.
“This league is about affecting the quarterback,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said in a Sirius radio interview in Indianapolis. “That’s something that we’ve got to got to do and have to do better.
“Pass rush and pass coverage are going to work together there. We’ve got to do some things to get some people that can get after the quarterback and rush the quarterback.”
Sam notched 11 ½ sacks his final season at Missouri, including three in a game three times. Still, there are questions about whether he is well suited for a particular position in the NFL.
“I’m a pass rusher,” Sam said Saturday. “My specialty is rushing the passer. If you put me in a situation to get the quarterback, I’m going to get the quarterback.”
Defensive end Lamarr Houston led the Raiders with six sacks last season. Sam is the kind of player that could give the Raiders some much-needed juice rushing the quarterback.
And the Raiders likely could get Sam at a reasonable cost. Sam is projected to last until the third round, at least. Some projections have Sam going undrafted.

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  • Chino

    @VicTafur: Bridgewater felt Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis really liked him. #Raiders #NFLcombine

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Wouldn’t mind taking him in the middle rounds.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Better learn how to play special teams

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Then you must be gay – Nobby Bust

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    “I just wish people would see me as Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay man,”
    ************************************
    Well, then you COULD HAVE kept this one in house like all the other gay NFL players before you.
    That’s kind of on you Mike.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Why would anyone care if someone else likes the Man Sandwich? More women for the rest of us.

  • J Hill

    The Raiders need a 4-3 DE not another OLB.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Dorks like Nobby and Oak Dweeb call anyone who gets more chicks than them gay

    It’s like a super nerd reflex

  • Chino

    Jace amaro is not impressive. At all

  • 0ak R8rs

    I never called anyone gay. Even tho you’re a 14 year old lesbi@n

  • 0ak R8rs

    Ugh

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    ha ha see

  • 0ak R8rs

    He was already out in Mizzou. I’m pretty sure he was told to get out in front of it before the story broke itself. Good move in a bad situation IMO.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I actually don’t hate you today. You’re almost amusing to me.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    That’s normal, OD. All my minions eventually learn to love their master

    SHOUT OUT TO ICE CUBE

  • Chino

    New post. Wow. Putting in work

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Get the feeling SC would like to see the Raiders with an openly gay player? Yes, because he and his pals would get their local articles carried by the large mags and papers.
    Umm, do we need any more hybrids with THIS team. They are useful, but useful to teams who don’t need picks who can play full time like we do.