Steelers CB Cortez Allen Training Again With Tom Shaw This Offseason

Renowned trainer Tom Shaw reached out to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley after the 2012 season ended and invited him to train down in Florida at the Wide World of Sports Complex this offseason alongside cornerback Ike Taylor. Woodley turned the invitation down as he had already made plans to work out in Arizona, presumable at the urging of safety Ryan Clark, who said this past week that he had talked to the linebacker all season long about doing just that.

While Woodley will not be taking Shaw up on his offer, cornerback Cortez Allen evidently has again as Shaw posted a photo Friday on Twitter of Allen alongside Taylor.

Allen, as many may remember, battled a hamstring injury his rookie season in training camp and it led to him missing the Steelers first three preseason games as a result. Luckily the Citadel product was able to suit up in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers and he played well after missing so much playing and practice time.

Allen played very sparingly in his rookie season on defense, but he contributed heavily last year as the Steelers nickel back and logged over 560 plays in the process. He was credited with 10 defensed passes and recorded 2 interceptions, both of which came in the crucial Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Last offseason Taylor went as far as to say that Allen could become a much better cornerback than himself as long as he stays healthy.

“He knows what it takes and he wants it, Taylor said last July. “He wants to get better. The good thing I like about Cortez is he doesn\’t say much, he comes to work and he does what he needs to do.”

“This dude could be way better than me – if he can stay healthy.”

Depending on what ultimately happens with unrestricted free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis this offseason, Allen very well could wind up being the starter in 2013 opposite Taylor. At the very least he will once again be the nickel back should Lewis be re-signed.

Taylor shows up to training camp every season in tip-top shape and it is good to see that Allen also takes his offseason conditioning just as serious.

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  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    YES!! Great News to finish up an otherwise deplorable newsweek regarding the locker room. Two Guys that embrace the Steelers Way!

  • steeltown

    Love it

    Im still hoping KLewis is resigned, I like Cortez, but if Lewis walks our depth behind Ike and C.Allen is not great.. after Curtis Brown we have no one.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Yes and the Cortez/Lewis situation is starting to remind me of the Brown/Wallace situation last year. If we cannot get Lewis done, then Cortez will get the contract. I am starting to think Allen has the better hands too. But I am with you, If we have Lewis and Allen both locked up for the future, that would be best at this point.

  • SteelerDave

    Sure hope Lewis is resigned. His lack of picks will likely lock him up long term for 5 to 7 mil a season. Cortez does great in his role as nickel and it is great to see him motivated. I agree with Ike, the sky is the limit for Cortez.

  • steeltown

    Definitely… and if they lock up Lewis this offseason I certainly hope they give Cortez an extension before he becomes a FA in 2015, he’ll be cheaper that way, maybe after this upcoming season

  • JT

    I think Lewis will be very dependable like Ike has been, but Allen has the makings of a real playmaker.

  • steeltown

    Another reason I like this is the hope is that Cortez can replace Ike soon.. so him learning and training with Ike and Ike taking him under his wing is great… oddly enough both were originally 4th Rd picks

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Exactly…Having Carnell show them the way is really helping too!

  • Clint Martin

    Just what I wanted to see Ike’s Alabama Rattler.

  • Mike Carroll

    Yep. Glad to see Ike bringing Allen along and glad to see Cortez being smart enough to learn from Ike.

  • markthom

    Cortez will only get faster working with Shaw the guy clocked IKE @ 26 mph that is sick fast. I don’t understand why Brown isn’t down there

  • markthom

    Van dyke and Victorian and King could be solid backups They will have a full offseason to learn and full training camp with Lake. He made our DB’s better in the past 2 yrs. Van Dyke ran a 4.28 40 @ combine a few yrs ago we could use that speed.

  • steeltown

    I agree, I like the athletic ability of Van Dyke and King, but I’ll reserve judgement on their ability to grasp a defensive system or turn that athletic ability into production at the Pro level…. I sure hope Van Dyke can be a solid #4 or #5 on the depth chart