It was on Monday night that Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, reported that the Detroit Lions had decided to add veteran inside linebacker Josh Bynes, who was leaving the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad to sign with the Lions’ active roster.
On Tuesday the Lions made it official, as they officially announced the addition of Bynes to the roster.
As I mentioned yesterday, at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, Bynes is an un-drafted rookie out of Auburn in 2011, who had been with the Ravens organization the past three years. Although, he only appeared in 26 games and started nine games during his three-year stint with Baltimore. Last year, Bynes has some of his best success, as he started six games at inside linebacker and recorded 45 tackles with three passes defended. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, you might also remember Bynes from Super Bowl XLVII when he tackled Ted Ginn Jr. in the final seconds of the game to clinch the big title win for Baltimore.
I don’t know about you but I am not surprised by the signing of Bynes. Let’s not forget that Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was in Baltimore at the same time as Bynes, which is probably one of the reasons, that the Lions went all the way to Baltimore to sign someone. Plus, it helps that Bynes should be somewhat familiar with Austin’s system, while also giving the Lions some much-needed depth at linebacker and help to fill the void left by Stephen Tulloch’s season-ending knee injury.
The addition of Bynes, now gives the Lions five healthy linebackers as he joins DeAndre Levy, Tahir Whitehead, Ashlee Palmer, Julian Stanford and Travis Lewis, who is currently battling a quad injury that sidelined him in Sunday’s win over the Green Bay Packers.
Keep in mind that, Bynes isn’t the only new addition to the Lions roster. According to DetroitLions.com, the Lions have also signed cornerback Josh Victorian to their practice squad.
The former Louisiana Tech standout, was originally an undrafted free agent signed by Baltimore in 2011. However, his best success came with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2012, where he played four games and recorded 10 tackles and defended two passes. Last season, he played eight games with the Houston Texans, where he recorded five tackles in special teams.
Although, I don’t know much about Victorian’s game. Back when he was with the Steelers, BehindTheSteelCurtain.com described him as one of the hardest workers on the field.
Victorian may not be the biggest, fastest or most talented defensive back the league has ever seen, but there is a reason teams just can’t let him go. He works hard. He listens to his coaches. He gives everything he has, on every snap; and he can sniff out a football in a hurricane.
Another trait which helped set Victorian apart from his peers was his ability to motivate himself, even when things weren’t going so gravy.
Victorian doesn’t just need football; he wants football.
If you ask me, Victorian’s hard-working attitude is probably one of the main reasons that head coach Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff decided to sign him to the practice squad. Plus, it helps that the young man has experience and previous success in specials teams, considering he had five special teams tackles in eight games with Houston last season.
Besides, given the Lions injury issues, I don’t blame them for being cautious and signing both Victorian and Bynes. Both players could be needed and used immediately, depending on how the Lions fair this week health wise. As Caldwell and his staff have learned, it never hurts to be prepared.
The Lions had a similar situation last week with cornerback Danny Gorrer, who was signed on a Tuesday and played Sunday. Not to mention they also promoted rookie cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad on Friday and he also played on Sunday. Thus proving my point, that it never hurts to be prepared.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
For more of L-Beasley’s (Lauren Beasley) sports news and in-depth sports content, click here.