After the Colts were forced to place projected starting safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers on the Active PUP list to start training camp, it was expected that Chris Ballard may take some steps to address the shortage of players at the position. While some are holding out hope that proven veteran safeties like Eric Reid, Tre Boston, or Kenny Vaccaro are in Ballard’s long-term plans, it isn’t surprising to see him bring in prospects who can simply fill empty spots on the roster and round out defense prior to camp repetitions.
In that effort, Ian Rapoport is reporting that free agent safety Shamarko Thomas is working out for the Colts today.
The #Colts are working out FA safety Shamarko Thomas today, source said. They visited with some other free agent safeties earlier in the offseason, now turn their attention to the former fourth-round pick of the #Steelers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2018
Thomas was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 4th Round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He is listed at a small 5’9” and 205 lbs. but made up for his size deficiencies by running a 4.42 40-yard dash at his NFL Combine. He has played in 60 games in his career and started 2.
During his career, Thomas has missed time with ankle, hamstring, knee, groin, and concussion injuries. He was only placed on injured reserve once, with a late season concussion in 2016 with the Steelers.
Thomas has produced 24 tackles, 1 quarterback hit, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 forced fumble, and 38 special teams tackles in his career. He has been utilized frequently as a gunner on special teams and his value in this capacity is likely a significant reason he is getting a look by the Colts front office. No matter what other moves are made to address the injuries that are plaguing the safety position in Indianapolis, finding players who can fill out the bottom of the roster and still make meaningful contributions on special teams is what this time of year is all about. The fact the Thomas has experience on defense in the NFL and also fits into the mold of speedy, athletic players Matt Eberflus is targeting certainly helps his cause.