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Old 08-09-2013, 01:33 AM   #21
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Default Re: Steelers rookie safety Thomas causing headaches

Can't wait to see this guy in action on Saturday night. This is the most excited I've been about seeing a rookie class performing in preseason games in a few years. Tons of talent in JJ, Bell, Wheaton & Shamarko that can help this team immediately. Plus there's guys like Justin Brown and Reggie Dunn was nothing short of electric in the return game during his college career. Let's go!
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:00 PM   #22
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Steelers vs Redskins: Shamarko Thomas catches Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith

By SteelCityRoller on Aug 14 2013

The latest Steelers depth chart seems to highlight the position battles to be fought in the team's second preseason game against the Redskins, one being the fight to backup Troy Polamalu.

Despite not playing a single snap at safety against the New York Giants in the first game of the preseason, rookie Shamarko Thomas is now a co-backup with Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith behind starter Troy Polamalu.

Thomas spent his snaps at nickel back in Week 1, and Cromartie-Smith played every snap not played by Polamalu. Thomas had a hand in a few tackles. Cromartie-Smith whiffed on a punt blocking assignment which resulted in a blocked Drew Butler kick and eventually a Giants field goal. Evidently, advantage Thomas.

Cromartie-Smith did have a few good moments in the Giants game, although they went mostly unnoticed. On a few occasions he found himself in man coverage with a receiver streaking down the sideline. Cromartie-Smith used the sideline against the receiver, preventing a catch in-bounds; however the three points he cost his team are difficult to ignore.

Thomas had yet to take over safety duties as of Monday's practice, but evidently the team plans to work him in more as the preseason progresses. The team will not want to need five safeties in 2013, and will be wanting Thomas to earn the fourth spot through performance.

With three games remaining before the regular season starts, the depth chart position seems to be Cromartie-Smith's to lose. Allowing blocked kicks on special teams is how it happens.

Cromartie-Smith 'or' Thomas will have another opportunity to stand out when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins on Monday night in the second game for both teams.

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Also, for what it is worth. Can't wait to watch this kid develop!!

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Two-minute work for Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones today. Gradkowski picked by Josh Victorian, Jones picked by Shamarko Thomas. Dee-Fense
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awesome. victorian has been having a strong camp i hear as well.
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awesome. victorian has been having a strong camp i hear as well.
As far as I can tell from a CPU screen on Twitter, he seems to be up and down. It seems like the potential sure is there. Hopefully he can step it up!
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I like what I see out of Victorian, I'm no great analyzer of talent but I think he's got potential.
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With three games remaining before the regular season starts, the depth chart position seems to be Cromartie-Smith's to lose. Allowing blocked kicks on special teams is how it happens.

Cromartie-Smith 'or' Thomas will have another opportunity to stand out when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins on Monday night in the second game for both teams.
That was pretty ugly.

Even embarrassing.

Still, it's the preseason.

However for the players like this on the bubble it can spell the end of their season...
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