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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
With Josh Bynes sidelined against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, Jameel McClain started at weak-side linebacker and played 30 snaps in his first NFL game since December. Bynes, who started the first six games of the season, returned to practice this week, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Thursday that the starting job will be McClain's going forward. “It's work. It's hard work going into it,” McClain said about earning the job back. “I don't know if I really put thought into how much it really means to me. It's just a chance for me to go out there and prove myself.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
When the Ravens waived outside linebacker John Simon and guard-center Ryan Jensen -- both ultimately were re-signed to the practice squad -- I pointed out that in a little more than 16 months, they had cut four of their 10 selections from the 2013 draft. Neither of their seventh-round picks -- wide receiver Aaron Mellette or cornerback Marc Anthony -- ever played a game for the team, nor has sixth-rounder Kapron Lewis-Moore , albeit because of injuries. When you throw in the fact that first-rounder Matt Elam had a disappointing rookie season and Arthur Brown , Brandon Williams , Kyle Juszczyk and Rick Wagner had limited roles last year, it's fair to say that the organization has gotten disappointing early returns from the 2013 draft class.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Josh Bynes has grown accustomed to being an underdog, the proverbial forgotten man in the middle of the Ravens' defense. The veteran inside linebacker started the first six games of last season at weak-side inside linebacker until Jameel McClain replaced him in the lineup after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. Now, Bynes is determined to make his presence felt at inside linebacker as he competes for playing time with first-round rookie C.J. Mosley and 2013 second-round NFL draft pick Arthur Brown.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Ravens inside linebacker Josh Bynes is entering his fourth season the most secure he's ever been in his standing on the team. Coach John Harbaugh said he considers the rugged linebacker a quality NFL starter. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he has "no qualms" playing Bynes in the middle of the team's defense. But having ended previous training camps jobless and another bedridden with a broken back, Bynes hasn't yet shed the stigma or motivation that comes with being an undrafted player who spent years on the Ravens' roster bubble.
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By Edward Lee | December 21, 2012
In his first career start at inside linebacker, Josh Bynes led the Ravens with a career-best 13 tackles (11 solo) and broke up one pass in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. That Bynes has even returned to the field is a remarkable story considering his ordeal in the preseason. He suffered a cracked vertebrae during a goal-line scrimmage close to the beginning of training camp. He needed six weeks to recover, was waived by the team on Aug. 31, and then added to the practice squad the next day. Bynes was promoted to the 53-man active roster Oct. 17 when the Ravens moved 13-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis to the injured reserve list with a designation for return.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
Starting weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes said he's recovering well from surgery to clean out his infected finger, and expects to return following the bye and be ready for the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3. Bynes was sidelined for the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field. “I'll be back for the Cleveland game, I'm just letting it heal up as fast as possible,” Bynes said. “I'll be all right. If I'm not practicing next week, I'll definitely play in the game.” Bynes reiterated that he doesn't have a staph infection.
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By Edward Lee | December 14, 2012
When Jameel McClain suffered a serious neck stinger late in the third quarter of the Ravens' 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday, the responsibility of wearing the helmet that transmitted defensive coordinator Dean Pees' calls did not go to veterans like free safety Ed Reed, strong safety Bernard Pollard or inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. That honor went to Josh Bynes, an undrafted free agent last year. And if Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) and Dannell Ellerbe (right ankle, left foot, both thumbs)
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Ravens inside linebacker Josh Bynes is entering his fourth season the most secure he's ever been in his standing on the team. Coach John Harbaugh said he considers the rugged linebacker a quality NFL starter. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he has "no qualms" playing Bynes in the middle of the team's defense. But having ended previous training camps jobless and another bedridden with a broken back, Bynes hasn't yet shed the stigma or motivation that comes with being an undrafted player who spent years on the Ravens' roster bubble.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | August 7, 2012
Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw returned to practice after missing the past seven workouts because of a right shoulder sprain. Upshaw, the team's first of two second-round picks in April, was one of several Ravens to return to the practice field today. Running back Anthony Allen , guard Marshal Yanda , linebacker Jameel McClain and defensive end Pernell McPhee , who all left practice early yesterday, were also on the practice field. Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu also returned after missing Monday's practice.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Ravens center Matt Birk missed practice for a fourth consecutive day Thursday. The reason for his absence has not been disclosed, though head coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that the 36-year-old is at the stage of his career where he doesn't have to practice every day. Rookie Gino Gradkowski has been filling in for him at center. There was still no sign of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring) and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (back). Neither has practiced in training camp so far, though Harbaugh said Wednesday that Ngata is getting closer.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field in full pads a little before 10 a.m. for the first time since Wednesday, with veterans finishing their work at 1:30 p.m. and the remainder of the team running special teams drills until 2 p.m. It appeared it might rain, but the precipitation held off. Complete to Jones: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones had his best day of camp Saturday; he may have caught more passes than the rest of the receiving corps...
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Josh Bynes has grown accustomed to being an underdog, the proverbial forgotten man in the middle of the Ravens' defense. The veteran inside linebacker started the first six games of last season at weak-side inside linebacker until Jameel McClain replaced him in the lineup after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. Now, Bynes is determined to make his presence felt at inside linebacker as he competes for playing time with first-round rookie C.J. Mosley and 2013 second-round NFL draft pick Arthur Brown.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots. Heading into training camp, which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on Thursday, the Ravens' front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | May 6, 2014
From now until Thursday, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. The Ravens have eight total picks in the three-day draft: one in each of the first, second, fifth and sixth rounds, and two each in the third and fourth rounds. Today we'll examine linebacker: Current linebackers under contract: Outside- Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, John Simon, Adrian Hamilton, D.J. Bryant; Inside - Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
The Ravens apparently haven't closed the door on middle linebacker Rolando McClain just yet. Two days after McClain had a shaky workout in front of team officials, failing to pass the conditioning test and struggling in drills, the Ravens activated the 24-year-old from the reserved/retired list. The Ravens haven't commented on the decision and it's unclear where this leaves McClain's status for the 2014 season. However, the move does allow McClain, who hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season, to join the team for offseason workouts, which start Monday in Owings Mills.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Retired middle linebacker Rolando McClain had a shaky workout in front of Ravens' officials today, leaving his future with the team in doubt. McClain was unable to pass the team's conditioning test and showed considerable rust during drills, according to team sources. However, his struggles didn't come as a huge surprise to Ravens' officials since McClain hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season. It's unclear if the Ravens will revisit the situation and give McClain another workout at a later date, allowing him more of an opportunity to get in football shape, or if they are officially ready to move on from the oft-troubled linebacker.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | August 20, 2012
The Ravens had eight players not participating in the early portion of today's practice and all were expected absences. Those eight players are wide receiver David Reed (knee), tight ends Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (broken hand), offensive tackle Jah Reid (calf), linebackers Josh Bynes (back) and Terrell Suggs (Achilles), defensive end Pernell McPhee (personal matter) and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (ankle). Coach John Harbaugh said yesterday that McPhee is away from the team to deal with a death in his family.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele , who has been dealing with a back injury, was not practicing Wednesday during the Ravens' final workout before they head into the bye week. Osemele has played in all seven games for the Ravens and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's been dealing with the back issue since last year. Also not practicing for the Ravens were running back Bernard Pierce (hamstring), wide receiver Brandon Stokley (groin) and linebackers Albert McClellan (shoulder)
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By Matt Vensel | January 8, 2014
At the start of each offseason, as we look ahead to what the Ravens will do to get better, we talk largely about the players they could draft (and also whom they might consider if they take a dip in the free-agent waters). We sometimes forget that last year's rookie class will have a bigger impact than this upcoming one. Head coach John Harbaugh talked about that during Wednesday's annual "State of the Ravens" news conference, that players often make the biggest leap in their development from the first year to the second.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Whether it was Ray Lewis or Dannell Ellerbe manning the middle or Jameel McClain or Josh Bynes, Ravens inside linebackers did not defend the pass well last season. Only Brendon Ayanbadejo, a special teams regular who played sparingly on defense, had a positive grade in pass coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. So when the Ravens addressed the two inside linebacker positions this offseason, the ability to cover was clearly a priority. They drafted speedy weak-side linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round of the draft and signed Daryl Smith, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to play the middle linebacker position.
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