Before yesterday, I was being ripped apart on social media for not believing in Rolando McClain. Ravens Nation has constantly bashed me saying, “Be positive” and felt that McClain was ready for a comeback. All is quiet now. People now realize that McClain is a lazy bust that the Baltimore Ravens signed because once again Ozzie Newsome is in love with players from his Alma Mater, Alabama. Instead of concentrating on the former first-round pick failure, they should be thankful for a few guys that are currently on the roster who will add depth. One of those individuals is LB Josh Bynes. Newsome also likes players from the same state as his Alma Mater, even if it is a rivalry school in Auburn.
I wrote on Bynes last season speaking to the game he had against the Denver Broncos in 2012 while everyone was hurt. This guy has real-time game experience and is just looking for opportunity. He had 45 tackles and 3 pass defenses in 2013, but those numbers would have been even better if he didn’t go down with a hand injury in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers. With McClain’s recent career-ending workout, the Ravens may look to the draft for depth or they could look to Bynes and 2013 second-round selection Arthur Brown. The battle between the two has been close but last year in training camp, Head Coach John Harbaugh had this to say about Bynes, as mentioned in the Carroll County Times:
“He’s earned it. He’s practiced really well. He’s physical. He understands our defense inside and out. He’s done a heck of a job.”
There it is folks: a vote of confidence from the head coach. Sure, a pat on the head from last season’s camp is not enough to say who will line up next to Daryl Smith, especially when we have no idea who the Ravens will bring in. However, it does speak to the confidence that Harbaugh has in the players currently in house. I believe Harbaugh trusts his in house players more than these new draftees and is truly making them compete for positions. Arthur Brown is a great example of that. There is a reason Bynes has been around since the 2011 season. He’s hungry, he’s knowledgeable and he knows Harbaugh rewards hard work. It doesn’t matter who is brought into camp, they had better be on the lookout for No. 56.