First Call: Steelers signee at OLB provides spark at practice; clarity on injury for Ravens rookie; Justin Tucker’s new contract

A new Steeler provides a highlight at training camp. An IUP player is on the Steelers’ radar. The Baltimore Ravens are already dealing with an injury concern. And Justin Tucker is by himself as the NFL’s highest paid kicker again.

All that in Tuesday’s “First Call.”


The new ‘Bus’?

Credit Ron’Dell Carter for opening some eyes immediately at Steelers training camp. The pass rusher jumped right into practice yesterday, just hours after he was officially signed by the Steelers.

Steelers worked out Dondrea Tillman and Ron’Dell Carter (signed)

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 8, 2022

He was impressive, immediately winning a few pass rush drills cleanly right in front of head coach Mike Tomlin. That prompted loud applause from several defensive players and coaches. Some were heard yelling, “Right off the bus!” Others were heard shouting, “Right out of 103 Benedict Hall.”

That’s the name of the dorm where the Steelers have their camp headquarters at Saint Vincent College. And now, I’m assuming, room 103 is registration for new players.

And probably exit interviews for outgoing players, too.

The James Madison product was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on May 16. He’s thick for an edge rusher, at 6-foot-3, 269 pounds.

Carter played in four career NFL games, three with the Cowboys in 2020 and one with the Texans last season. He has recorded one career tackle.

Carter has a long way to go to make the team. But he…

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