Where are they now? Cam Thomas

Cam Thomas, a 2010 fifth-round pick who spent his first four seasons in San Diego, is now doing his thing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After watching some film Wednesday evening, he took the time out to talk to SDBoltReport.com about his new team and his time in San Diego.

It became apparent late in the 2013 season that Cam Thomas' time in San Diego was coming to an end. In December, the Chargers replaced him in the starting lineup with veteran Sean Lissemore. Although Thomas returned to his starting role in the playoffs after Lissemore injured his shoulder, it was clear a fresh start was in order.

In March, upon entering free agency for the first time, he wasted little time in agreeing to a two-year deal with the Steelers.

"As far as choosing Pittsburgh, it was just a new atmosphere and something different," Thomas said. "So far it's going really good. I still have some learning to do here and there, get some of that San Diego stuff out of me. Everything else is pretty good. The experience, the city, just seeing the Lombardi Trophies every time you go up to the meeting room is something special."

Thomas has started his first five games in Pittsburgh at right defensive end. That is change from his days with the Chargers, when he was San Diego's nose tackle.

It might seem strange to see the 6-foot-4, 330 lb. Thomas listed as an end, but his responsibilities are not much different now than they were with the Chargers.

"Basically in San Diego I played the 'off' position," he explained. "I played the end, I played the three-technique and I played the nose, as well. So playing end here is really no different. It's fun. It's a new style and Coach [Dick] LeBeau's defense is fun, man."

Just because Thomas moved on doesn't mean he's left his San Diego days completely behind him. He was a part of a youth movement on San Diego's defensive line that saw him joined in the starting lineup by fellow youngsters Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes.

Thomas still stays in contact with Liuget, who's emerged as San Diego's best defender, as well as Reyes.

"Those are my little brothers," Thomas said. "I talk to Corey just about every other week or so, so we stay in touch all the time, cracking jokes on each other and stuff like that. And Kendall, you can tell he wants it, he's hungry for it. Those are two great talents I was playing beside. Those are my brothers ... that's family."

Thomas also reflected on another great talent he played with in San Diego, Philip Rivers.

Rivers and Thomas' new quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, entered the league together as early first-round picks in the 2004 draft. They have since emerged as two of the elite passers in the game, with Rivers considered by many to be the early frontrunner for this season's MVP award.

Thomas sees similarities between the two that explain why they've been so successful.

"They are similar in their leadership and their expectation of everyone knowing where to be at," he said. "If they see something, they expect that you should see it as well. They both have that leadership and that motivation to win, that mindset that, 'I have to win!' Ben's been there and won the Super Bowl twice so I know he wants to get back."

Asked whether he feels Rivers will win a Super Bowl of his own before it's all said and done, Thomas sidestepped deftly.

"Oh yeah, I feel like ... I guess. I don't know how to answer that, because if he wins it means we won't be there [laughs]."

The affable Thomas also laughed when looking back at the most memorable moment of his career, which came last season in the first game of the Mike McCoy era.

"Every game is a big moment. This is my fifth year and most NFL players only play three years, so that's big. But one game that stands out is when I caught my first interception last year against Houston. That was a memorable game. I should have scored but I just had to make sure I had the ball secured [laughs]."

Thomas and the Steelers (3-2) have their second meeting with the Cleveland Browns (2-2) on Sunday in Cleveland. The stakes are high in this rematch from a wild season opener, as both teams are just a game behind the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals in the loss column.



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com team. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since '03. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.


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