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Raiders add veteran DT Ahtyba Rubin

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On the eve of mandatory minicamp, the Raiders have brought onboard another veteran. They have added 32-year-old defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin to the mix according to his agent.

Rubin is a ten-year vet was a full time starter for the Browns and Seahawks from 2010-16. He spent last season with the Broncos (2 games) and Falcons (10 games).

He performed well enough over ten games in Atlanta to have some thinking a return would be a good idea, including Kevin Knight of Falcoholic who said this about Rubin back in April.

He’s an above-average run defender that fits well in the Falcons’ defense, and would provide a steadying veteran presence for what is likely to be a very young defensive line group in Atlanta. Rubin isn’t a world-beater or an elite player, but he’s reliable, durable, and experienced. You can’t discount the value of players like that on a competitive roster.

The 6-2, 321-pounder adds another nose tackle behind Justin Ellis. Though Rubin offers more in the way of being a disruptor than Ellis. Prior to last season, Rubin had at least one sack in every season as a full time starter, putting up 15.0 sacks over that seven seasons.