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mesaSteeler
08-24-2009, 11:12 PM
CB Taylor looking to catch on with Steelers
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By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Talk about irony.

Ike Taylor holds a receiving record at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Yet, he concedes that his hands and specifically their lack of reliability have probably prevented him from earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

"My personal goal is to catch the ball (this season) and make the Pro Bowl," Taylor said.

The two are inextricably linked when it comes to the Steelers cornerback. Going into his seventh NFL season, Taylor has just eight interceptions, or one more than Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu had in 2008 alone.

The total would be appreciably higher had Taylor not been plagued by drops throughout his career, and he is at a loss to explain why he hasn't better taken advantage of his opportunities when he has been in position to make an interception.

That may be the only knock against Taylor, who often lines up across from the opposition's best wide receiver and helped the Steelers finish first in passing defense last season.

"I always thought that Ike was one of the elite corners (in the NFL) as far as his skill set," said new Steelers cornerback Keiwan Ratliff, who previously played for the Bengals and Colts. "As big as he is and as fast as he is and as physical as he is, you really don't find that much."

Indeed, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Taylor is one of the fastest players on the Steelers, and he also has the size to match up with taller wide receivers. Last season, Taylor was credited with 14 passes defended for a defense that yielded just under 157 yards per game.

The number would have been higher had opposing quarterbacks tested him more. The fact that teams more often try to work on the cornerback opposite Taylor makes it all the more important that he finishes plays when he has a chance to make an interception.

"All it is with me is just concentrating, just looking the ball all the way in," said Taylor, who had just one interception in 2008. "All you've got to do is take your eyes off the ball for a split second and that will throw anything off."

It's not that Taylor has concrete hands.

In college, he once caught nine passes in a game, which is still a record number of receptions for a Louisiana-Lafayette running back.

"I can play receiver and catch some balls. Your mindset (as a defensive back) just changes for some reason," Taylor said. "I can't tell you why."

Some of his teammates feel the same way about why the top cornerback on the best defense in football has yet to make the Pro Bowl. Starting free safety Ryan Clark has stumped for Taylor to go to Hawaii for the annual all-star game.

"I would like to go to the Pro Bowl one time," Taylor said. "But as long as we keep winning I ain't got nothing to say about it. It's been working for us."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

T Bradshaw
08-25-2009, 02:28 AM
CB Taylor looking to catch on with Steelers
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the Steelers cornerback. Going into his seventh NFL season, Taylor has just eight interceptions, or one more than Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu had in 2008 alone..


LOL
He has dropped at least 15-20 INTs
Maybe its time to take take the damn gloves off

Youngstown Steeler
08-25-2009, 07:46 AM
Wow, I never realized he played receiver in college. I think this is a good year to make some INT's. I can't wait for the season to start.

steeltheone
08-25-2009, 08:38 AM
Ike is very underrated...