On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

Overlooked LB Josh Bynes Still Out To Prove Himself

Posted Jul 9, 2014

The inside linebacker has stiff competition for playing time, but he’s out to prove he’s up for the job.


Josh Bynes is used to getting overlooked.

The inside linebacker was undrafted in 2011 after a standout career for the national champion Auburn Tigers, then he earned his spot on the roster by working his way up from the practice squad. Bynes went from a long-shot prospect to the Ravens starting middle linebacker in 2012 when future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis was sidelined, and he has continued to prove himself as a reliable player over the last three years.

Now Bynes once again has to show he belongs, as the Ravens have a crowded group of inside linebackers with Daryl Smith, C.J. Mosley and Arthur Brown in the mix.

“When you’re an undrafted guy, each and every year you have to prove the reason why you’re here, and prove that you should have been drafted,” Bynes said.

“Each and every year is going to be an obstacle. Last year they drafted Arthur Brown in the second round and this year they drafted C.J. [Mosley] in the first round. It’s always going to be a challenge when you’re an undrafted guy to prove that you’re able to play at another level, just like them.”

Bynes is somewhat of the forgotten man in the middle of the defense. He’s surrounded by high draft picks and a proven veteran, as Smith was signed to a four-year contract extension this offseason and Mosley was the team’s highest draft pick in eight years.

Smith and Mosley are the favorites to come out of training camp as the starting inside linebackers, but Bynes still has his eyes on a key role.

“Basically what I expect is definitely to be a starter,” Bynes said. “I’m definitely a guy that can be a starter. Even if I’m not a starter, [I want to be] someone that can rotate and a guy that can contribute on this team as much as I know I can. And the coaches know that I can as well. I want to continue to prove that there’s a reason why I’m here and there’s a reason why I’ve been here four years.”

Bynes started the first six games at the weak-side linebacker spot last season while Jameel McClain was on the physically unable to perform list. McClain reclaimed the starting job when he returned to the lineup, and then Bynes spent the rest of the season primarily as a reserve.

Bynes finished last season with 41 tackles and three passes defensed. 

“There’s a reason why I’m here, and I’m going on my fourth year in this organization,” Bynes said. “It’s just proving that you belong here. It’s proving that you should have been drafted.  And also it’s proving that you can play in this league long enough, and also start and contribute in each and every way possible.”

Bynes worked with the first-team defense for some of the offseason – specifically when Smith was not at the voluntary practices – and training camp later this month will be a key chance for him to once again prove that he’s deserving of an important role.

“When we get to training camp and put those pads on, it’s going to show who the true guys are,” Bynes said. “Competition is going to be sky high when we get those pads on.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos