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Every year the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base tends to gravitate to one player as their training camp darling in hopes they could be the proverbial diamond in the rough for their favorite team. This year it might have been a toss up among several players , but one who was definitely in the mix was undrafted free agent linebacker out of Florida State, Matthew Thomas.Thomas possessed the rare speed, athleticism and size most thought could help be a band-aid for the giant hole on the defense left by injured Ryan Shazier. Throughout the preseason Thomas worked both at inside linebacker and outside linebacker, and showed some serious versatility on special teams. It looked at if he was being primed to be a very nice weapon in Keith Butler’s defensive scheme. Then Thomas was inactive on game day midway through the season, and that followed with his release to make room for Ola Adeniyi on the 53-man active roster.What happened with this promising young talent to go from special teams player, to finding his way on the team’s practice squad after clearing waivers?We may never know, but one thing is for sure — Thomas remains a confident player moving forward.“I still feel good, I’m still confident as a player and as an athlete,” Thomas told Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review after practice Friday. “I am not going to let it get to me. I have been in worse situations, so this is just a little setback.”Ultimately, Thomas understands it was a numbers situation which saw him as the odd man out with the Steelers.“It’s just part of the business, you know?” he said.“Just waiting for my opportunity. And I have to show them more on my end, just show them more urgency and just give them what they want to see. So I have to work on that and come back to the table and go back to the drawing board and get myself right.”So Javon Hargrave Jersey , what did Thomas think led to his release? The main contributor was consistency.“Basically like just seeing more urgency here and just being consistent, being a professional,” Thomas said. “All those things play a factor in it.”Thomas conceded that he did consider other teams during the 48-hour period in which he was, by definition, a free agent.“I thought about it, but in the end I decided I would just stay here because of the foundation and stuff like that I have with the system,” Thomas said. “I feel comfortable here. So I just need my opportunity to prove myself.”That opportunity might not come until next season, but the hope is Thomas will be better prepared to make his mark with a full season as a professional under his belt. The talk of almost the entire NFL landscape is about trades. With Amari Cooper most recently getting dealt from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys for a first round draft pick, fans of every team who feel they are ‘one player away’ are considering who might be worth nabbing before the October 30th NFL trade deadline.For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fan base has become enamored with a potential trade with the Arizona Cardinals which would send All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson to the Steel City. With Cooper requiring a first round draft pick, it would be a king’s ransom to acquire Peterson from the Cardinals. But if a team feels he could be the missing piece to the team’s puzzle, would it be worth it if he puts you over the top?Mike Tomlin was asked a question about the acquisition of Peterson in his weekly press conference Tuesday, and the coach shot down the question faster than Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun.This was what Tomlin had to say Donnie Shell Color Rush Jersey , courtesy of Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:Say what you want about Mike Tomlin as a head coach, but the man sure knows how to run a press conference. After not discussing the possibility, or even the thought, of acquiring Peterson, he takes his answer about not spending time on ‘hypotheticals’ and turns it into an immediate response to any writers who had questions about Le’Veon Bell on their note pads.Talk about painting with a broad brush.The fact remains, even if the Steelers organization was interested in Peterson, Mike Tomlin wouldn’t be standing at a podium announcing it to the world. Would it be safe to assume the Steelers may have put in a call to Arizona regarding the asking price? Sure, but you could probably include at least 10 other teams who would have done the same thing.Fans shouldn’t try to compare this situation to the acquisition to Joe Haden, considering the Browns wanted to dump his salary, and after clearing waivers became a free agent. Would you be willing to pay a high price for the likes of Patrick Peterson? Let us know in the comment section below.To see the entire Mike Tomlin press conference, check the video below: