Cleveland Browns: Ahtyba Rubin Quietly Having a Terrific 2010 Season on D-Line

December 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cleveland Browns have many holes to fill on their roster after the 2010 NFL regular season ends, but one area that is not needed is the centerpiece of their defensive line with third-year player Ahtyba Rubin.
Rubin has quietly had one of the best seasons of all NFL interior lineman, and it is time to shed some light on the big man.
At 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds, Rubin is the prototypical size and weight for a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme and was the Browns' sixth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Iowa State.
In 2009, former starting nose tackle Shaun Rogers went down for the season with an injury, and Rubin took over and has not looked back since.
Normally, a nose tackle is not supposed to get many tackles or sacks because it is his job to take on multiple offensive lineman, which should free up a fellow defender to either sack the quarterback or tackle the ball carrier.
Rubin has shown the skills to not only take on two blockers, but make ...

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