Bolt From The Blue (And Gold)

The Steelers late last week signed nose tackle Cam Thomas to a two-year contract. Here's the scouting report from San Diego:

Michael Lombardo is one of the top talent evaluators in the network. The publisher of the Chargers' SD Bolt Report was asked to provide us with a brief scouting report on new Steelers nose tackle Cam Thomas. This is Mike's rundown:

"Cam Thomas is an active nose guard who plays lighter than his size, which is a good thing and a bad thing. He struggles to occupy multiple blockers like a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle should (like a young Casey Hampton or Jamal Williams would). He also struggles to anchor against stronger interior linemen.

"On the plus side, Thomas has good short-area quickness. If you limit him to 20-25 snaps per game, he can be disruptive, split gaps and make plays in the backfield. He has good agility and awareness, as well.

"Off the field, he is the best dude you'll ever meet. He is hilarious and affable -- an all-around great locker room guy. I've interviewed him about 10 times and he cracks me up every time!!!"

Thomas, 27, is a 6-4, 330-pound nose tackle/defensive tackle who signed a two-year, $4 million contract that included a $1 million signing bonus.

He was drafted in the fifth round out of North Carolina by the San Diego Chargers in 2010. He started five games in three years before moving into the starting lineup last season, when Thomas started 11 games but was benched for Sean Lissemore last December after the Cincinnati Bengals rushed for 164 yards -- 101 in the second half, including 35 yards on eight consecutive runs to ice the game.

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