Bynes vying to start at inside linebacker

Bynes vying to start at inside linebacker
August 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Leach glad to be back, Ravens happy to have him

Josh Bynes has not gotten the most attention at inside linebacker, but he could win a starting job.

Bynes is clearly in the competition to start, battling with Daryl Smith, Albert McClellan, and rookie Arthur Brown. The Ravens can’t count on Jameel McClain, who has a spinal cord contusion and has still not been cleared to practice. That makes it even more important for other inside linebackers to step up. Bynes has been doing exactly that. Just ask outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. This is what Suggs tweeted last week.

When I asked Bynes how he reacted to Suggs’ praise Thursday, Bynes said, “It’s great to hear. But it’s no reason to get complacent. This is a business, and you never know what may happen. We’ve got some really good linebackers. We’ll see what happens come Week 1.”

Now in his third season, Bynes got a taste of starting last season for three games, including a career-high 13-tackle performance against the Broncos in December. With Ray Lewis retired and Dannell Ellerbe signing with the Dolphins in free agency, the opportunity for Bynes to step forward is there.

Bynes leaves no doubt he wants to start – badly.

“If starting isn’t your goal, you shouldn’t be on the field,” Bynes said. “It’s not just about me. But I want to be that guy for my team. My understanding of the game and the defense is a lot better. I still have a lot to work on. I look for something to work on every day. Sometimes I tend to be a little too hard on myself, because I love making plays, and hate messing up.”

So far in training camp, Bynes is not messing up. He is making people take notice.