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Michael Sam works hard on practice squad

Michael Sam, the NFL’s most high-profile practice squad player, is doing a good job in practice, but you shouldn’t expect him to join the active roster anytime soon.

Injuries, of course, always present an opportunity. Other than that, though, the best thing Sam can do is continue to learn the system, maximize his time in the weight room, and be ready to earn a spot on the roster next season.

The Cowboys didn’t rush the passer well last season, and they didn’t sack Colin Kaepernick in Week 1. Sam, a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams, was released after the final preseason game.

He signed with the Cowboys because they’re looking everywhere for a pass-rusher, and the SEC's 2013 Co-Defensive Player of the Year showed a knack for doing that in college.

“He’s done some good things," said defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. "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 … 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.”