Thomas working with Rod Woodson. (Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Shamarko Thomas was scouted as a big hitter in his draft profile. The Steelers traded up to select him in the fourth round because he appears to fit the mold of the Steelers hard hitting defense. When watching game tape, it’s evident that Thomas plays with a lot of speed, aggression, and is indeed a violent hitter – so much so that he already expects to be fined a few times this upcoming season because of big hits.
Via Pro Football Talk:
“I’m gonna get some fines, I’m not gonna lie,” Thomas said, via Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot. “That’s just how I play. It’s football.”
The Steelers are no strangers to being fined, as Commish Roger Goodell made them the poster boys for his player safety campaign. The coaching staff is working with Thomas on proper technique to avoid penalties that would hinder the Steelers during ball games. But similar to veteran safety Ryan Clark, Thomas only knows one way to play the game, and if he picks up a few fines along the way, so be it. Thomas is seen as an eventual heir apparent in the Steelers secondary, and it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in 2013.