Is Titus Young Tweeting His Way Out of the NFL?

John RozumCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

Titus Young is using Twitter to vent, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Detroit Lions decided to release him.

Apparently, Young has:

Never have I ran the wrong route, just put my self where the ball was going

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 22, 2013

And, according to himself, he has:

Never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 22, 2013

For anyone who has ever played the game, regardless of level, a team player doesn't care about who gets the rock. So, this is Young contradicting himself:

I'm a team Playa that just loves the Football

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 22, 2013

He's also a philosopher of some sort:

To Be the best you gotta Beat the best #Me

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 22, 2013

Although any philosopher would put the "h" in "with":

Now it's a problem wit my grammar lol

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 22, 2013

Not to mention that wouldn't affect the 140 Twitter character limit.

Combine this rant with his off-field issues and the Lions have no use for this lack of self awareness. Neither does any other NFL team.

It also wasn't too long ago those off-field problems were keeping Young off the field. Per Chris McCosky of the Detroit News in early December:

Troubled receiver Titus Young was inactive Sunday and he was told to stay away from Ford Field.

"He was told, by me, not to come to the stadium today," coach Jim Schwartz said.

Clearly, Young's antics Friday, with his bizarre 1:49 media scrum, coupled with center Dominic Raiola saying the team has moved on without him, didn't improve Young's standing with the team.

And from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press just before the New Year:

Young missed the final six games of the season and was placed on injured reserves after repeated behavioral problems on and off the field.

He purposely lined up in the wrong spot late in a November loss to the Packers, was tardy and inattentive at meetings, and got sent home from the team in May after punching teammate Louis Delmas.

Young just finished his second NFL season and his impact could be much better. Having caught 48 passes for 607 yards and scoring six times as a rookie in 2011, he regressed in 2012 to only 383 yards on 33 receptions and four scores, never posting more than a 100 receiving yards in his 2012.

For certain this is largely attributed to Young appearing in only 10 games as well.

Then again, no impact can be improved upon without unselfish play and emitting the right attitude. Young has consistently failed to carry himself as such, which led to a frustrating campaign prior to an uneventful December.

It's simply unfortunate because we caught a glimpse of Young's talent and potential against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. There, Young hauled in all nine of his intended targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns, outperforming teammate Calvin Johnson.

Detroit won 28-24, which turned out to be its best victory of 2012, as Seattle nearly made an appearance in the NFC Championship.

Young's antics can also be traced back to his college days. According to Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman in October of 2008:

Boise State sophomore wide receiver Titus Young’s suspension has been changed to indefinite, football coach Chris Petersen said Monday [Oct. 27, 2008].

Young originally was suspended for “at least” three games, through Friday night’s game at San Jose State. He was suspended for violating team rules.

Factor in everything and Young is too much of a gamble for Detroit moving forward. The talent and potential certainly are there, but the Lions receivers has yet to develop the proper mindset and maturity to translate that potential into consistent production.