Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked about his team's acquisition of Michael Sam at a news conference in Austin, Texas, Wednesday.
"We are looking for pressure players," Jones said, according to Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press. "That's his position ... We hope he can refine his skills. He's not ready to go at all."
Sam officially joined the Cowboys' practice squad Thursday.
Sam's new teammates, including Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, were also asked for their thoughts.
“He deserves respect,” Bryant said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t judge a book by its cover. He’s a football player. I don’t look at him no different. I expect that from everybody else in the locker room. It is what it is. We’re going to go play football. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We’re going to focus on football. Whatever he needs, we’re going to be there.”
"Everyone's got different politics, religion, views on things," Romo said. "I think what you find is that in the locker room no one cares. It's about, can you help this football team win."
Sam also took to Twitter to comment on his signing:
As a kid growing up in Texas I always loved the Dallas Cowboys, so to join this incredible organization is really a dream come true. (1/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) September 3, 2014
I want to thank the Jones family, the entire Cowboys organization, and the city of Dallas for giving me this opportunity. (2/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) September 3, 2014
I look forward to putting my helmet and pads on every day to work my hardest to help bring a sixth Super Bowl Championship to Dallas!! (3/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) September 3, 2014
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