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Insider Only OTA No.6: Taylor talks future; Hood eyes more consistency

Tuesday’s Practice Notes
-Neither Troy Polamalu nor Hines Ward were at work outs today
Keyaron Fox was back practicing
Justin Hartwig participated, but didn’t run with the first team throughout all of practice. Doug Legursky snapped while Maurkice Pouncey played guard for the most part in those situations.
RB Jonathan Dwyer turned heads and got a loud positive reaction from Mike Tomlin on a run play to the right late in practice.
QB Byron Leftwich took the majority of reps with the first unit. Dennis Dixon got a few reps at QB with a partial first unit
Ike Taylor on Art Rooney‘s more vocal role with the team lately (Rooney asked for more of an emphasis on the run and more impact from young players in recent draft classes this off-season): “We, as players, put him in a position where he had to talk. If we make the playoffs, go to the Super Bowl, he ain’t talking. We go 9-7, miss the playoffs, Mr. Art had too talk. We forced the old man to talk. But I don’t want him to have to talk again. That why we out here handlin’ our business. So Mr. Art don’t have to talk no mo’!”
-No comment from Art on being referred to as the old man.
-Ike on his resume heading into the final year of his contract as a Steeler:

“I feel like I’m a lock down corner. I feel like I’ve been handling my business since I’ve been a starter. I…like myself right now.” In other words: “Ike likes Ike.”
Ziggy Hood still says he’s working on consistency before he concentrates on making “splash” plays. “I’m still new to the system learning. I’m still trying to get better. I may make a splash play every 20-40 plays I’m out there. Right now, I’m just concentrating on getting better every play.
-With the likelihood of New York City Super Bowl looming, Byron Leftwich endorsed the idea, claiming “The two teams in it won’t care if the weather is cold. Heat drains you. But you can play through the cold”
That may be true. But I don’t remember any Steelers or Cardinals dropping dead of heat stroke in Tampa in 2008. And let’s see what Lady Gaga’s halftime stage show looks like at halftime in 20 degree weather and seven inches of snow.

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