The Oakland Raiders have completely retooled their roster over the past, few months, and even though it’s already mid-June, that process has not stopped.
Tuesday afternoon, just before the Silver and Black hit the field to kick off their three-day Mandatory Minicamp, the team announced the signings of a pair of defensive tackles, Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker.
With a combined 22 years of professional experience to their names, both Rubin and Rucker will provide a veteran presence along the Raiders defensive line, but in addition to that, they’ll provide depth, and as we know, there’s few things in the NFL more paramount than depth.
“Well, Rucker is a guy that’s been a very good, physical football player at multiple positions for a long time,” said Head Coach Jon Gruden Tuesday. “Has history with [Defensive Coordinator] [Paul] Guenther, that’s obvious, but he started a lot of games for Arizona last season. His versatility and leadership is outstanding, and when you have Arden Key, and you have [Maurice] Hurst, and you have P.J. Hall, it helps when you have a veteran presence in every room, and Rucker will help us do that. I really like this guy.”
Gruden brings up a great point; with a multitude of rookies on the Raiders defensive line, having experienced players to play alongside them will hopefully pay big dividends down the road, particularly at a position that is a bit beat up at the moment.
“Ahtyba Rubin is another mammoth nose tackle,” Gruden explained. “We needed depth there. [Defensive tackle] [Eddie] Vanderdoes is not practicing, don’t know when he will practice. Mario Edwards has had some injuries, hasn’t practiced a lot, so Rubin gives us another big guy that can work inside, keep our linebackers clean, and be a contender to help our team.”
Both men’s career-high in sacks is five; Rubin’s came in 2011 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, and Rucker’s was in 2014 when he played for the Arizona Cardinals.
An exclusive look as players and coaches hit the practice field for their first mandatory minicamp of 2018.