Carlos Davis is a longshot not just to make the roster, but to even see enough playing time in his career to ever have that breakout game. Thus, his breakout doesn’t occur in the NFL. After bouncing around on the Saints and 49ers practice squads for two years, Davis takes his talents to the north, signing on with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
In 2023, against the Edmonton Eskimos, Davis finally has his breakout game. While still technically a rotational player, he logs four tackles and 1.5 sacks, showing the explosiveness from his inconsistent college tape. This game earns him more playing time, but he is very hot and cold for the rest of the year. He parlays that game into a five-year career in the CFL, never becoming more than a rotational body on the inside of the line.
Every fan hopes to see the rookie breakout game sooner than later. Once that line is crossed, the player becomes less of an enigma and more of a veteran on the team. While these are merely guesses, and no rookie is guaranteed their breakout moment, hopefully, all of the Steelers 2020 class has that moment on the field.