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Film Room: Matthew Thomas Makes Defensive Debut

Guess who made his NFL defensive debut on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers? Why, it was rookie college free agent inside linebacker Matthew Thomas, who was given the opportunity to play the final four defensive snaps of the game after the Atlanta Falcons got a first down at the two-minute warning.

Many fans have been clamoring for him to get on the field as the Steelers struggle to find an adequate starting pair at inside linebacker. The team even teased it when they gave him some sub-package snaps in the third preseason game with the starting defense in a package they called the ‘Seminole’, as he is from Florida State.