Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Says Cam Thomas Was Signed To Play Defensive End

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac on Sunday that former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Cam Thomas was signed to play defensive end.

Thomas, who will likely serve as the Steelers 2014 version of Al Woods, can also play some nose tackle as well, according to Colbert. In other words, he will play “all along the defensive line”.

This declaration by Colbert is not overly surprising as Thomas certainly wasn’t brought in to be a starting nose tackle. In his recent break down of Thomas, Alex Kozora highlighted how Thomas played some defensive end last season for the Chargers.

The Steelers still need depth and possibly a starting defensive end, however, after allowing both Woods and Ziggy Hood to walk this offseason. They have already had Buffalo Bills defensive end Alex Carrington in for a free agent visit and he is expected to make a decision soon as to where he will play in 2014.

  • Mark McHugh

    Its surprising to me?! I like him better at DE personally. Since the Steelers are starting to use there DE;s in a more blitzing attacking way its seem like a good fit. I thought the report on him was that he penetrated well. He’ll need to lose about 20 lbs, but I like it.

  • AndyR34

    How can he play DE when he’s slower than Snack?

  • dgh57

    I’ll be cheering on Brian Arnfelt and Nick Williams even more now!

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  • Matt Manzo

    Wow! Wasn’t expecting that! Curious to know if they think he can start there or if he really will just be a AWoods and back up both?
    I think this means we’ll see JEllis in 4 or 5! I’m still not sold on Fangupo.

  • RMSteeler

    Waiting to be proven wrong that you can’t coach up speed.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Just goes to show you how much fans know, myself included. I don’t recall seeing one person (fan or “expert”) even consider the possibility that he brought in primarily to play DE. Oh well. In the Rooneys We Trust.

  • Michael Pearce

    LMAO! They are not serious..

  • Jace Naughton

    Ellis is terrible. Wouldnt touch him as a UDFA.

    Weak NT class in general.

  • Jace Naughton

    Yes…because youre the first person to ever say that.

    Not exactly sure what your point is though.

    Speed on LeBeau’s DLine isnt really important at all. Hand speed and quickness, but not regular speed.

  • Jace Naughton

    Try reading people.

    They will use him all along the DLine.

    Al Woods wasnt really any faster or better suited for DE than Thomas is.

  • This makes me sad.

  • Yes, he was. Woods was a DE than can play some NT. Thomas is an NT that is way too slow to play DE.

  • Matt Manzo

    Not even as a udfa?
    What about Mcullers from Tenn? In the 5th? I wouldn’t want him higher.

  • Matt Manzo

    Or what about Beau Allen, he might fall to the 5th?

  • Axe Skot

    I didn’t see this coming, especially after watching his tape, but if he has a good bull rush then maybe. Ziggy was fast as DL go but could never get penetration for some reason.

  • 2443scott

    i kind a thought he be used this way up and down line ..since so many go down a long the lines on both sides here you have a guy your not paying to much for who can fill in when needed ..which leaves the next draft picks more pointed to certain spots than just patches

  • Axe Skot

    “But they didn’t know Woods was all but sneaking out the back door on them.

    The Steelers, apparently, were unaware Woods — an unrestricted free agent — was going to visit other NFL teams. According to a team source, they had told Woods to let them know if he were planning to shop himself around because they would have preferred to re-sign him and keep him from visiting other teams.

    By the time the Steelers realized Woods was in Nashville, it was too late.”

    Gerry Dulac

    Have fun in Tennessee, loser.