Josh Bynes, inside linebacker

GS: 3 | GP: 10 | Snaps: 395 Season in review: After a stint on the practice squad, Bynes was promoted to the active roster in October. Due to injuries at linebacker, his role on defense increased and he ended up starting the final three games of the regular season, finishing with 34 tackles in 2012. He was active for every game in the playoffs, but with Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe back in the lineup, he played mostly on special teams. Signature moment: Bynes made his first career start in the 34-17 regular-season loss to the Denver Broncos. With the Broncos running the ball often, he made a career-high 13 tackles. He also knocked down a pass. Stat that stands out: 113.0 -- passer rating for opposing QBs when throwing at Bynes, per Pro Football Focus. Pro Football Focus grade: -0.9 overall on defense | +1.5 against the run | -2.0 in coverage | -1.5 on special teams. Outlook for 2013 and beyond: Injuries to the team's top three inside linebackers last season pushed Bynes into the starting lineup, and he got valuable experience, including wearing the green dot on his helmet and relaying calls from the sideline in a couple of games. The 23-year-old has a lot of room to grow, but with Lewis and Ellerbe gone, Bynes could be in line for a larger role if he shows improvement this offseason.
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