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Ex-Steelers DL Carlos Davis Having Monster Season in UFL

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Carlos Davis is having a monster season in the UFL through three weeks.



Steelers defensive tackle Carlos Davis

The United Football League is making its Spring debut on three weeks, and with that, players are hoping to show off their skills to land another gig in the NFL for training camp. And in the first massive impact play of the season, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Carlos Davis made a huge play to strip-sack Arlington Renegades quarterback Luis Perez. And for another wrinkle on the Steelers side of things, former Steelers cornerback Mark Gilbert recovered the fumble.

But that was a sneak peek into what Davis would do for the season. So far, Davis is terrorizing opposing offensive lines, leading the UFL in sacks. In just three games, Davis has 5.5 sacks, an impressive number for him and one that will get him back on NFL radars.

Davis was the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and he has spent two seasons with the team. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound defensive tackle played in seven games in 2020 as a rookie and appeared to be in line for greater playing time in 2021 before an injury in Week 1 caused him to miss the next 13 games. His twin brother, Khalil, recently re-signed with the Houston Texans, and Carlos hopes to find his way back into the NFL.

The duo were together in the Steelers training camp during 2022. That pair became stuck behind a deep group on the defensive line, which got deeper when the Steelers drafted DeMarvin Leal in the third round and signed free agent Larry Ogunjobi over the summer. Carlos found his way to the UFL, and with his burst and natural first step, he has intriguing traits that have always popped.

It’s a strong start for the explosive defensive tackle towards getting his way back into the NFL, especially on a Stallions team that was back-to-back USFL champions. So, the talent depth on the team is there, too.