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Michael Sam 'very confident' he will make an NFL roster

Michael Sam 'very confident' he will make an NFL roster Photo: Marc Serota/Getty Images

After playing his final preseason game Thursday night, Michael Sam said he is "very confident" that he will make an NFL roster, whether with the St. Louis Rams or elsewhere, according to the Associated Press

The Rams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to cut the roster down to 53 players. If Sam doesn't make the cut, he would be placed on waivers and available to all 31 other teams. 

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"I'm going to sleep really well tonight and I'm very confident I'm going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL," Sam said after the game

Sam led the team with five solo tackles Thursday and gave himself a B+ grade afterwards. 

"I think he can play in this league," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, "as can some of the other guys on this team who had good preseasons."

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One of Sam's main competitors for a spot on the Rams is undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who had a sack, a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits Thursday. 

Earlier in the week, former NFL coach Tony Dungy praised Sam's preseason performance, saying the rookie has "played very well." 

- Molly Geary

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