Steelers S Shamarko Thomas Admits He’s Comfortable, No Longer Thinking

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas didn’t play much during the second half of his rookie season after injuring an ankle in Week 10, but the playing time he received prior to that was invaluable.

“I’ve progressed a lot,” Thomas said after Wednesday’s OTA practice. “I just know the whole defense now. Last year I was just all over the place,  just wanting to know my role. This year, I’m just settled in and I’m comfortable and can just play.”

Thomas was asked to line up all over the place last year in the Steelers defense and because of that, he now knows where everybody is supposed to be. He said he’s happy that the Steelers took that approach with him instead of having him just learn one position.

“It’s just like college. When you come in your freshman year, you don’t know the defense and the next year you settle in,” said Thomas. “You just fly around and make plays and that’s what I’m doing now. I don’t got to think no more. I don’t have to second guess myself. I just fly around and make plays.”

Even though he now better understands the defense, Thomas still admits that there are other areas of his game that he needs to work on and one of those is being more vocal.

“Just communication,” said the Syracuse product. “I was a quiet person last year because I really didn’t know the defense. Just communicate and being consistent.”

Thomas has a great mentor in Troy Polamalu and while the seasoned veteran chose once again to train in California in lieu of attending the OTA practices, the young safety still talks to him quite a bit.,

“I talk to him all of the time,” said Thomas of Polamalu. “He’s big on faith and just consistency and keep going in the playbook, and that’s what I’m doing.”

  • Ken

    I’m anxious to see him play… He hasn’t been on the field enough to really figure out what we have in him.

  • steeltown

    It was reported that during off days from OTAs he sometimes shows up at the facility as early as 7am to put in work, long before anyone else

  • PA2AK

    work ethic and drive to get better are not issues with him to say the least!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I saw a video of him working with his trainer. Man, he’s strong for a short guy. He works his butt off and I believe he will be a Steeler for a long time. Unsure in what capacity.

  • Steve

    Shark was made as a Steeler and fits nicely into the Defensive Backfield. Can’t wait to see him pick off a couple and hit someone.

  • Steve

    When he played College, one of his things for fun was push a car around the campus in the middle of the night. Can you see in your mind a bunch of College guys riding around in a car, being pushed by Shark?