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The preseason is full of trials and tribulations, and few players likely saw more of those than rookie Michael Sam.
The firestorm surrounding the former Missouri star has died down a bit since his historic announcement, and Sam has been able to let his play on the field speak loudly.
Even with the misguided report from ESPN about his showering habits that hit airwaves this week, as highlighted by The Washington Post's Cindy Boren, Sam has been able to let his play do most of the talking.
Sam has more than done enough to show that he belongs on a 53-man roster at the next level, as noted by Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle after Week 3 of the preseason:
Despite all of this, Sam has played much better than anticipated.
With three preseason games in the books, Sam has thrived on the defensive side of the ball, making several big plays in the backfield and chasing after quarterbacks.
In Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns, Sam had perhaps his most impressive play to date, one that might have put him over the edge in the battle for a roster spot.
A strong showing in a 14-13 Week 4 loss that included six tackles against the Miami Dolphins may have sealed his spot on the roster for Week 1.