25-Year-Old Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
The retirement of Troy Polamalu puts Thomas, who played just two defensive snaps last season, in position to see a significant boost in playing time. During his rookie season of 2013, Thomas struggled...
Shamarko Thomas Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with the Steelers in May 2013.
Thomas had two tackles (one solo) against Denver on Sunday. An unrestricted free agent, he finished the regular season with 12 tackles (10 solo) and a fumble recovery.
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Shamarko Thomas: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)A fourth-round draft pick in 2013, Thomas played nearly 200 defensive snaps as a rookie but was limited to special teams during an injury-riddled sophomore campaign. While he's known as a hard-hitter and did force a couple of fumbles on special teams, Thomas will likely have to compete for the starting job in training camp. It's also worth noting that the Steelers still technically have Polamalu on the roster, even though the future Hall of Famer isn't believed to be a part of the team's plans for 2015.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Brown reports Thomas is expected to return for Sunday's game against the Ravens. If that holds true, Thomas would likely be a depth asset if Troy Polamalu is healthy enough.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Drafted as insurance for the oft-injured Troy Polamalu, Thomas suffered an injury of his own last season. Still, he showed his potential, and is in line for increased playing time in 2014.
Thomas lacks height, but he plays hard and is very athletic, possessing both straight-line speed and sufficient lateral movement. He likely won't play much as a rookie as long as Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are healthy, but the latter player is often hurt. There's IDP upside here in dynasty formats.