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Josh-Bynes1-610x360After having success with the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Josh Bynes is more than happy to be in Detroit and to be a part of the Detroit Lions.

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The Lions signed Josh Bynes from the Ravens practice squad on Tuesday to add depth at linebacker after Stephen Tulloch was place on long-term injured reserve. Bynes was with the Ravens when Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was there as the secondary coach the past few seasons. Which is a plus, considering 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.

“(Knowing the system) makes it a little bit easy,” Bynes said. “There are still some things I have to work on as far as learning the defense. That’s why I’m asking some of the guys some of the small terminology.”

“As far as from what I’ve seen from watching the film a little bit, (the Lions) are fast, they get after it,’’ Bynes continued. “It’s just a defense you want to play for, that’s what you look forward to and that why we’re one of the best defenses in the league now.’’

Although, Bynes’s role on this talented Lions defense hasn’t been made clear yet. Bynes will more than likely be used immediately because he can play inside and outside at the linebacker position and because he is an ace on special teams. In fact, that’s one of the reason, Coach Caldwell decided to sign him.

“(Bynes) is a guy that has a lot of tools, has talent, he can run, got size, and really determined player as well,’’ Caldwell said before practice on Wednesday. “It made a lot of sense for us because he also has some system familiarity which would help and he can play multiple positions as well.’’

Strong safety James Ihedigbo, who played with Bynes during his time at Baltimore, also spoke highly of Bynes, saying that the Lions have themselves a “steal” with Bynes.

“He’s a great addition to the team.” Ihedigbo replied. “Coming from Baltimore I thought he was a steal. He’s a guys that started a lot of games for them, already knows this defense and is a great special teams guy. So he is an asset to our team and I’m glad to have him.”

One thing’s for sure, Bynes can’t wait to get on the field with his new teammates and some of his old teammates like Ihedigbo and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who he played with during his time at Auburn.

“I saw (Fairley) when I came in and it’s been good seeing him,” Bynes said. “These guys are pretty good and all introduced themselves to me. It’s been pretty open and pretty cool.”

“I can’t wait to get on the field and play with all the guys.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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