Journeyman linebacker hoping to stick with Arizona Cardinals
Josh Bynes has been a solid performer since entering the NFL and is now looking to find a home with the Arizona Cardinals
It’s hard to believe that the Arizona Cardinals’ linebacker who ran roughshod over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night was new to the club. Turns out that the player making plays all over the field, Josh Bynes, had been a Cardinal for exactly one week. Talk about a fast learner!
Bynes, a 27-year old journeyman, led all Cards’ defenders with six tackles during his new team’s 20-10 preseason victory. The 6’1″, 240 pounder also added half of a sack and caused a fumble. His hit on Raiders’ Gabe Holmes not only jarred the ball loose, but also made the tight end stop dead in his tracks.
Bynes, who played his college ball at the University of Auburn, is seeking some NFL stability. The Baltimore Ravens signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In three seasons there, he racked up 79 tackles and started a total of nine games. Bynes was fortunate enough to be a part of the Ravens’ group that triumphed over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
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Following his time in Baltimore, Bynes became a member of the Detroit Lions in 2014. The Lions made more use out of the defender than the Ravens did. In 19 starts in the Motor City, Bynes tallied 142 tackles and added 10 pass breakups.
While his first appearance with Arizona was an impressive one, making the team’s roster will not be an easy task. Besides 2016 returnees such as Chandler Jones, Markus Golden and Deone Bucannon, the front office added Haason Reddick, Karlos Dansby, Jarvis Jones and Philip Wheeler this offseason. Others in the linebacking mix include Kareem Martin, Scooby Wright, Zaviar Gooden, Tre’Von Johnson, Cap Capi, Alex Bazzie and Terence Waugh.
By all accounts, Bynes is a tireless worker and a bright young man. Someone who is certainly deserving of finding a place on an NFL roster. Perhaps the Cardinals’ organization will be the one to accommodate him.