Mike Tomlin On Shamarko Thomas: ‘He’s Doing The Routine Things Routinely’

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas has really stood out during the team’s first two preseason games and head coach Mike Tomlin has taken notice of that.

“He’s done a really nice job beyond the splash,” Tomlin said of Thomas during his Tuesday press conference. “I’m talking about the routine things. He’s doing the routine things routinely and that’s what you’re looking for in a guy in his position as he continues to mature and grow. He’s doing a good job of communicating.”

In the first two preseason games, Thomas, the Steelers first of two fourth-round draft picks last year, has registered eight total tackles of which one was for a loss. He also forced a fumble Saturday night in the win over the Buffalo Bills.

Thanks to the progress that Thomas has made since his rookie season at the strong safety position, it’s very possible that the Syracuse product might make veteran safety Will Allen expendable in a few more weeks. Allen is also helping in that effort as there’s a good chance he will miss a second straight game Thursday night with a hamstring injury.

Last season, Thomas saw a lot of playing time as a rookie in the first half of the season as an extra sub package slot defender, but an ankle injury suffered during the Week 10 game against the Bills resulted in him not playing another down on defense the remainder of the season.

On Tuesday, Tomlin didn’t rule out the possibility of Thomas seeing some playing time this year in sub packages.

“I’m open to all capable men participating in any form or fashion that can help us win,” Tomlin said. “And by that I mean, there’re maybe certain situations that may lend itself to his inclusion in a package or so forth. We’ll do it for the purposes of winning, not because he’s doing well and that’s not just about him, that’s about anybody.”

  • srdan

    Starting to look like another solid move by the FO to get him. Kudos

  • Tony Richards

    ‘Routine things routinely’? Is this how Tomlin talks about all new players? If so, why?

  • Big White

    Looks as if the Steelers have six safeties that they are comfortable with. Troy, Mitchell, Shamarko, Will Allen, Golden and Dangerfield. Any chance we see a trade before opening day???

  • afrazier9

    I was thinking that with safeties and ILB’s as well would make for a interesting trade for a corner. What do you think Dave is this a possibility?

  • Ken

    Shamarko looks ready to start. I love how he plays with urgency to get players stopped in their tracks or for no gain. If Mitchell doesn’t play well, they have to give him a shot at his safety position.

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  • SteelersDepot

    I would be surprised

  • Big White

    If one were to be made, I don’t think it would be for an active player elsewhere. Too close to the season and not enough time to get versed on the system. I could see Thomas warranting a 3rd Round Pick or Golden a sixth.

  • Jason White

    I can’t see Thomas going anywhere. Can play in the slot and is developing into a fine downhill tackling safety. With Troy Polamalu riding off into the sunset sooner rather than later I see Thomas as his replacement.

  • joed32

    Mitchell is a free safety so Golden or Allen would replace him. He will be fine though.

  • joed32

    I don’t know if Dangerfield is in that group, he could make the PS though.

  • JohnB

    He does that for a couple reasons. 1. to make the strive to be better (like the 1-trick pony remark)..2. so they don’t get a big ego….I remember Antonios rookie year he told RIch Eisin he couldn’t interview him cause of that exact reason.

  • steeltown

    You want to trade Shamarko Thomas?

  • steeltown

    Exactly, no way he’s traded, he’s the only one with real promise. W.Allen wouldn’t find any suitors, Golden has yet to do anything meaningful in a meaningful game and Dangerfield is just another fading camp phenom

  • steeltown

    If I remember correctly Shark was learning both spots, like Polamalu and Clark and W.Allen before him

  • ApexSteel

    No they wouldn’t

  • Ken

    That’s what I was thinking. Just seems like we are a more athletic team when he is the game.

  • ApexSteel

    I remember talking to some clown on here that wanted Calvin Pryor in the first round because he didn’t believe in Shamarko…

  • Big White

    I sure as heck don’t want him playing 5 snaps and 5 kickoffs a game for two years.

  • Big White

    That guy is a baller.

  • joed32

    You may well be right, I just have never seen him at free yet. But I’d like to.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Exactly!!! He is going nowhere!!

  • Milliken Steeler

    I know its early still however, I can almost see him shooting through the line with his speed and taking our RB’s like Bob Sanders use to. Hopefully minus the injuries.

  • MC

    Just a couple of weeks ago there was a guy on here saying this kid is a bum. Gotta laugh at these people that are so prematurely pessimistic about these players.

  • TheGuy

    You are exactly right and I read that Polamalu has taken Shamarko under his wing and that he doesn’t ordinarily do that for anyone.
    Shamarko Thomas is a great guy and a motivated player that can step into that void when Polamalu steps away. No reason to trade him.

  • TheGuy

    This kid is anything but a bum.