View Full Version : Ike Taylor, James Farrior, William Gay finding ways to work out together

05-30-2011, 12:10 PM
Three days of lockout workouts this week featuring NFL players in Atlanta highlighted by 7-on-7 drills were so productive that a return engagement is expected to take place in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw said he will host the event at ESPN Wide World of Sports next month. Shaw's group of approximately 20 players, which includes the Steelers' James Farrior and William Gay and free agent Ike Taylor, again will be matched against a group of approximately 30 Oakland Raiders players, led by defensive end Richard Seymour and quarterback Jason Campbell.

The groups participated this week in non-contact drills, including 7-on-7 match-ups between the offense and defense, under the direction of Shaw and fellow trainer Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports.

"They're going to come to Florida," said Shaw, who won three Super Bowls as a New England Patriots assistant coach. "We're going to do a home-and-away. In two or three weeks, they'll be coming to us. We had fun. That's all we wanted to do break up the monotony and play against someone else."

Because of the lockout, which is in its third month, players have been forced to find alternative ways to stay in shape since their teams' training facilities are off limits.
All players run the risk of injury during offseason workouts, but this year is different. Because of the lockout, players aren't covered by medical insurance normally provided by their teams.

For players such as Farrior, Taylor and Gay, who typically train with Shaw each offseason, these type of workouts aren't unusual.
However, history of sorts was made this week as it was believed to be the first 7-on-7 non-contact drills featuring players from different teams during the lockout. Players didn't wear pads, and no tackling was allowed.

"They went at it hard for three days," said Shaw, who said several members of the players union observed the workouts. "We want our players to be ready when the lockout is over and training camp starts."

It was an opportunity for Gay and Taylor to line up across from Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, a former first-round draft pick who's trying to develop his timing with Campbell, the projected starter under new coach Hue Jackson. Campbell, who received a playbook before the lockout, ran scripted plays, according to NFL.com.
Shaw, who indicated his goal is to add more Steelers to the workouts as the lockout continues, said wide receiver Antonio Brown was expected to join the group Friday.
Shaw also said safety Troy Polamalu told him he will train in Florida after completing rehabilitation in California on an Achilles injury that limited his range of motion toward the end of last season.

"The plan when he gets here is for him to work out with us in the morning and rehab and physical therapy at Florida Hospital in the afternoon," Shaw said. "Working out is key for him. You have to rehab to get better. He said he's interested in coming down because he sees guys like Ike and James playing at a high level."
Shaw said Taylor, Farrior and Gay have made repeated attempts to convince other Steelers to join them in Florida.

"Come down for three or four days and make it like (voluntary workouts)," Shaw said. "They'll run their own plays, and then fly back to wherever they are. Hopefully, some of them will see what we're doing and what good shape those guys are in and want to stay longer."

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05-30-2011, 12:11 PM
Ike works out with Shaw every year so this one is a no brainer for him. I like seeing Farrior there and especially William Gay. Potsie is leading by example, the elder statesman on the defense out there in the summer heat doing what he can to stay ready.

05-30-2011, 12:26 PM
BRC Im less concerned with the veteran players i would have hoped it would say gilbert heyward and brown were there getting reps against pro type talent this is where Ben or Charlie or someone on offense comes in they need to work on their timing and acclamate yhe rookies to the play book this should be a top priority

Real Deal Steel
05-30-2011, 01:52 PM
I"m very proud of the veteran leadership on this team. I think it will go a long way in our success in whatever type of season is coming.

I hope that our rookies are taking note of the vets and keeping in shape also. You can already see that teams with rookies at super key positions like QB will suffer this season. I expect the same teams that made the playoffs last season, (except the Seahawks) will all make the playoffs again. All those teams had vets at the key positions locked in.

05-30-2011, 04:30 PM
This team will be together once the LO lifts, look out this could be a very dangerous Steelers team....

05-30-2011, 09:47 PM
It's difficult for the rookies to get together with the veterans. Remember, right now these kids are fresh out of college or still taking classes as we speak. They don't have money to burn to go spend a few weeks traveling across the country to work out with guys making millions.

Phenomenal TJ
05-30-2011, 09:57 PM
Heyward's still finishing up school.

Real Deal Steel
05-31-2011, 12:55 AM
This team will be together once the LO lifts, look out this could be a very dangerous Steelers team....

That's what I'm thinking but we need that O-line to come together. I want the running game to be more of a factor. Balance out the offense a little better.

05-31-2011, 01:31 AM
I know that the rookies don't have millions and are finishing school The current players are in Fla . Pouncey and Gilbert live in Fla and Ike James and others are in Fla already hopefully they will join the workouts

05-31-2011, 05:03 PM
I think this work out together stuff is just nonsense. It means nothing, just drills, simple ones at that by guys who should be in shape 12 months out of the year. The media report it because they have nothing else to write. It means nothing to me.:willybs::willybs:

06-02-2011, 01:42 PM
In our interview last night with Ryan Mundy he mentioned about the players staying in shape and working out. As much as we'd like to see them getting together, and I admit I would like it too, these guys are more than capable enough to stay fit on their own. All of the players we've talked too on Blitzburgh Radio and watching others on Twitter and Facebook, they mention almost every day about getting their workouts in.

Nothing can replace football shape but from a general conditioning standpoint these guys will be ready.