28-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Cleveland Browns
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Rubin is projected to be a starter at defensive end in new coordinator Jim O'Neil's 3-4 scheme in 2014. He'll primarily be used as a run-stopper, but has recorded at least two sacks in each of the pas...
Ahtyba Rubin Contract Information:
In September of 2011, the Browns extended Rubin's contract for three seasons.
Rubin (undisclosed) did not participate in team OTAs Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Phil Taylor is expected to man the nose tackle role in Cleveland instead of Rubin, who should shift out to end in the team's 3-4 alignment. The distinction shouldn't matter a whole lot for Rubin, who has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to find ballcarriers on the interior of a defensive line. He had two seasons in a row with more than 80 tackles in 2010-11, so there's reason to believe he'll surge above last year's numbers, particularly considering he dealt with calf troubles in 2012.
The Browns mentioned the possibility of lessening Rubin's snap count in 2012, but then fellow tackle Phil Taylor suffered a torn pectoral muscle in early May. Scratch that plan. Rubin is in for another huge workload, one that led to back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011) of 80-plus tackles – a figure that is puzzlingly high for any defensive lineman, let alone a nose tackle. It's probably just time to stop being surprised by Rubin, who has 165 stops (113 solo) and seven sacks the last two years.
Rubin is a stout run stopper who is quietly establishing himself as one of the better young tackles in the league. Next to first-round pick and fellow giant Phil Taylor, Rubin figures to be a nuisance in the middle of the field this year. It doesn’t seem particularly reasonable, however, to expect him to duplicate his big numbers from a year ago, when he led all defensive linemen with 82 tackles (57 solo) in Cleveland’s 3-4 defense. Between the switch to the 4-3 and the general improbability of a defensive tackle making that many stops two years in a row, it’s prudent to expect regression from Rubin in 2011.
Will likely assume the starting role at NT with Shaun Rogers making the move to end.