The Detroit Lions released Titus Young on Monday (according to Lions Insider Tim Twentyman of the team's official website), and it’s going to be quite a challenge for the young man to catch on with another organization.
Because of the ugly truth behind Young’s dismissal from the organization, it’s not going to be easy for the 23-year-old to convince rival general managers that he has grown up or changed.
It’s not only that Young was deactivated for deliberately sabotaging plays by lining up in the wrong spot and launching a verbal assault directed at his receivers coach last November, but he was also sent packing by coach Jim Schwartz in May 2012 for sucker-punching teammate Louis Delmas while the safety wasn’t looking.
Not to mention, Young was suspended for almost the entirety of his sophomore season at Boise State for fighting with a teammate.
GM Martin Mayhew knew that Young would be a potential character issue when he drafted him No. 43 overall back in 2011, but there were still lofty expectations that the wide receiver was expected to meet.
Unfortunately, the Los Angeles native was only able to compile 81 receptions for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns in 26 games over his two seasons with the franchise. More was expected considering he played across from arguably the best receiver in the game, Calvin Johnson, and had plenty of one-on-one looks.
Young took to Twitter in late January (via NFL.com, the Tweets are now deleted) to express his frustrations, claiming that he didn’t run wrong routes on purpose, but rather to get where the ball was going.
In another strange twist, the immature receiver claimed he’s not selfish, but doesn’t want to play the game if he’s not going to get the ball.
This is just further proof that the volatile wideout is still a complete gamble and it would take a gutsy GM to extend a contract his way.
Young needs to work on his maturity first, as he has the natural football skills to find a team when he has shown he can man up and do whatever it takes to get on the field and stay there.
Until then, we expect he will be avoided like the plague, and for good reason. He’s a cancer in the locker room and even out on the field. We hope he can turn his career around, but it’s going to take a lot of growing up.