Jerry Jones weighs in on Michael Sam
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in discussing defensive end Michael Sam's game, mentioning Baltimore Ravens star outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and former Cowboys standout Charles Haley in reference to the rookie's pass rushing skills.
Jones also said that Sam "has got a long way to go."
Sam was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad after being cut by the St. Louis Rams.
"He's a pass-rusher," Jones told a Dallas radio station. "He has a lot to go when he comes to working in space or a lot to go when it comes to special teams. It's hard to be just a situational pass-rusher if you can't be a special-teams player, so he's got a long way to go. He's in a good place.
"As [coach Jason Garrett] said, the first thing for practice-squad guys is by its very name, it gives you practice. It allows you to practice better. That will be his primary responsibility, and he'll get to be able to work and refine his skills. But it's no secret we need pass-rushers, and we need some defensive linemen."
Sam is known for his pass-rushing skills.
"He has a knack, Suggs," Jones said. "These pass-rushers have a knack. Charles Haley, he had a heck of a knack. He did it not only mentally but he did it with head-butting. He did it in a lot of ways. He was brilliant at it. Seriously. Without exaggeration. But he was a pass-rusher. You had to work around him on the run defense, but he was a great player. He made the difference on every team he played on. That's why he owns five Super Bowl rings.
"In this league, if someone has a knack no matter if they don't have the measurables or what have you, and they can cause the passer to not only get him down but hurry him up, then they're valuable. And that's what we're looking for."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun