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Morning Ram-blings: Sam's chances

EARTH CITY, Mo. --It's ground we've already covered here plenty but it's always interesting to get additional perspective from others.

So it is that we begin this morning with a lengthy anecdote in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback in which he evaluates the chances of St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam in his pursuit of a roster spot.

It's no secret that Sam is battling the likes of undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a potential ninth roster spot for a defensive lineman in this camp. It's also no secret that Sam's best route to the roster is likely through special teams.

King's piece takes a closer look at how Sam fits in there as well, including some details on where the Rams currently view him and how he's fit in the locker room.

Also worth noting from King's weekly tour of the league: a quote from general manager Les Snead in his quotes of the week.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We opened the day with a new-look roster projection coming out of the preseason opener. ... In the Ram-blings, we began with Grantland's Bill Barnwell's look at quarterback Sam Bradford. ... Next, we set the table for this week as the Rams enter preseason Week 2. ... From there, it was a closer look at rookie cornerback E.J. Gaines, who has impressed early on. ... Next, we got some comments from coach Jeff Fisher on the tragedy in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. ... We closed the day with some thoughts and observations on the Rams' 12th training camp practice.

Elsewhere:

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker gives his 10 takeaways from the preseason opener.

At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon writes that nobody should blame Bradford for the Rams' issues with drafting talent to surround him.

Jim Thomas explores the ways Sam must improve to win a roster spot.

The latest from Rams rookie linebacker Aaron Hill's weekly diary.

The Associated Press offers its take on Gaines' progress.