For all the grief that we have given to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Thomas over the course of the last season and a half, the veteran did make a play on Sunday in the 30-9 win over the Cleveland Browns that’s worth pointing out.
With 2:26 left in the third quarter and the Steelers leading 24-6, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel somehow managed to escape a heavy rush and he scrambled up the middle on his way to the end zone. Thomas peeled off his block and gave chase and managed to bring down Manziel from behind at the Steelers one-yard-line.
While the play was originally ruled as a touchdown, it was overturned after the officials reviewed it. The Browns then proceeded to go backwards from that first and goal situation and their drive ultimately ended with no points as safety Mike Mitchell intercepted a Manziel pass on fourth down.
Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell always drills into his the unit the importance of running to the football and he has to be proud of Thomas doing just that on that particular play.
Thomas only played a total of 6 snaps Sunday and while his one tackle 11 yards down the field during the game certainly won’t stick out on the stat sheet, it certainly does on the tape.