Ike Taylor has been a solid No. 1 cornerback and a back bone of the Steelers secondary for several years. He attributes much of his success to hard work with trainer Tom Shaw.
If Steelers fans put the same stock in Tom Shaw's training as Ike Taylor has, then they have a lot to be excited about this year.
Ike Taylor's training habits seem to have rubbed off on the rest of the able-bodied cornerback corps with William Gay, Curtis Brown, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Cortez Allen joining him down in Florida. It's not just the corners, either. Rookie linebackers Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams are in attendance, as well as the possibility of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
This is not Allen's first year down in Orlando, having Ike Taylor sing his praises last year about his hard work and talent. Taylor was calling Allen "mature" and made notice of his physical ability. Ike Taylor continued, saying, "He knows what it takes and he wants it. He wants to get better. What I like about Allen is he doesn't say much, he comes to work and says what he needs to do." Also adding, "This dude could be way better than me-if he can stay healthy." This is particularly heartening noting that Ike Taylor has indicated that much of his good fortune in staying away from injuries has to do with his fitness in part received from his workouts with Shaw.
With much of the young talent on the defense working with Shaw, there is a lot to be excited about in the Steelers future. The majority of the cornerbacks on the 90-man roster are there, including injured Terry Hawthorne. If the Steelers can get similar production as they have gotten from Taylor from just a couple of the players in attendance, the younger generation of Steelers have a very bright and successful future ahead.