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Former Steelers DL Makes Impact Felt in UFL



Steelers defensive tackle Carlos Davis
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Carlos Davis (73) trains at Heinz Field during the Steelers 2020 Training Camp, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Karl Roser / Pittsburgh Steelers)

The United Football League is making its Spring debut on Saturday, 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.

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.