Titus Young to the St. Louis Rams: The Perfect Spot for a Talented Head Case

Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2013

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions makes a 41-yard reception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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When the Detroit Lions finally released 23-year-old Titus Young yesterday, it was a surprise to no one. 

Like many other athletes before him, the young wide receiver has amazing ability, but an overlarge ego as well.

His tumultuous stint with the Lions included sucker punches, Twitter rants and mutiny. It was time to go for the 44th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

His unemployment was short, however, as the St. Louis Rams claimed him off waivers today, according to Jason LaConfora of CBS Sports. It was a risky move, but there's only one conclusion that can be drawn from this acquisition:

The Rams have struck gold. There's no other way to say it. 

This is a perfect fit for both sides. St. Louis now has a legitimate wide receiver it can line up besides Danny Amendola, and Titus Young has a chance to step in and immediately become the starter. It's a match made in football heaven. And when you're playing in a division that also features the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, a quality addition never hurts.

Despite playing in just 11 games last year due to injury, Amendola caught 66 balls (the most on the team) to go along with 666 yards. If he played more games, he would have had the most yards as well.

But after Amendola, the Rams are stocked with mediocre to average talent. Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens, who racked up 691 and 698 yards respectively, don't exactly strike fear into the hearts of defenses. Austin Pettis and Steve Smith? 


St. Louis has a No. 1 receiver and a lot of third and fourth wide receivers, but no No. 2. That's where Young comes in. 

While Amendola is a possession receiver, Young is the big-play threat. He's fast and explosive and has the ability to lose the guy covering him deep down the field. And for the Rams, that's a valuable weapon to have; it's something that has been missing from the team in the Sam Bradford era. 

And speaking of Bradford, he must be quite happy right about now. No quarterback will complain about another new weapon. 

This will be a good situation for Young. He'll be playing for Jeff Fisher, a head coach who absolutely will not tolerate his drama. Keep this in mind: when Fisher was with the Tennessee Titans, he had to deal with Adam "Pacman" Jones and Albert Haynesworth. He knows how to handle difficult players.

If Young begins to act out, he'll be gone. His prior history has afforded him a short leash. 

The only person who can screw this up is Young himself. If he really believes he's Hall of Fame material and better than Calvin Johnson (quotes reported by Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press), then he should start playing like it.