Carroll County Times

Ravens: Bynes emerging as starter on defense

OWINGS MILLS - Arthur Brown is the promising second-round pick and Albert McClellan is the one with the most quality NFL starting experience, but it's Josh Bynes that has emerged as the clear leader in the competition for the Ravens' starting weak-side linebacker job.
Bynes has worked primarily with the first-team defense this summer, and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said Sunday that Bynes is the Ravens' starting weak-side linebacker at this point.
"He's earned it," Harbaugh said. "He's practiced really well. He's physical. He understands our defense inside and out. He's done a heck of a job."
Bynes has progressively worked his way up the depth chart since this time last year.
Bynes originally signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He spent most of the 2011 season on the Ravens' practice squad, and he began last year on the practice squad as well after working his way back from a broken back suffered early in training camp. But Bynes was promoted to the active roster in October, and he started three games late in the year because of injuries at inside linebacker.
He appeared to fare respectably during the three games as a starter, but he's noticeably further along as a player now than he was even at the end of last season.
"This guy had a broken back last year and came back and played," Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He studies. The guy does a great job of studying. He's a good young player that's really into it. I think he's playing very well."
Bynes, like most of the Ravens' first-team players, has seen a relatively limited amount of snaps during Baltimore's first two preseason games, but he had three tackles in the Ravens' first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and five tackles Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons.
"[He's] played hard and done the right things, communicated and just played well" Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He just outplayed the other guys. Period."