According to Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego, Cam Thomas has lost his starting role as the San Diego Chargers’ starting nose tackle.
To clarify, Gehlken says it’s not a benching. Defensive coordinator John Pagano just wants Sean Lissemore to play more. Also because Thomas was the nose tackle on the line that gave the Bengals 35 yards on eight straight runs when it’s defense desperately needed a stop late in the fourth quarter.
It’s a “rotation change” to put it simply.
The unfortunate thing for the fifth-round pick four years ago is that he was in his contract year and ending it by losing your starting spot to a “rotation” can’t be a good sign for being re-signed.
Lissemore was acquired in a trade with the Cowboys in September and Pagano says he’s “very excited” about the once-defensive end now tackle.
In his time with the Chargers up until now, Thomas started 15 games in the past three years.