by Jason Butt
August 23, 02014
Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam have been two of the biggest stories of the preseason.
Manziel, after winning a Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman, fell to the 22nd overall pick and was taken by Cleveland this past May. He was spotted partying all offseason and has been the focus of the 24-hour news cycle.
Sam became the first openly gay player in the NFL, revealing his sexual orientation before the NFL scouting combine in February. Sam, the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.
These two players had the chance to go against each other Saturday night and created a talking point for Sunday morning. In the fourth quarter of the Rams and Browns' preseason game, Sam made a nice move off the snap against backup right tackle Martin Wallace before sacking Manziel for a 6-yard loss. When Sam got up he mocked Manziel's signature money dance with his fingers.
The sack is Sam's second of the preseason.
Manziel clearly doesn't have the respect of his peers around the league. This past Monday against Washington, Brian Orakpo did the same thing after Manziel was sacked by Ryan Kerrigan.
Sam did not have a good combine showing which is why he fell to the seventh round. But he's quietly had a solid preseason, which has improved his chances of making the Rams' 53-man roster.
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