St. Louis Rams: Why Claiming Titus Young off Waivers Is Smart for the Rams

Jacob BornContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2013

DETROIT - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks October 28, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions won 28 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After a 7-8-1 season, the Rams are looking to beef up its receiving core and fix its offensive line. They took the first step by signing Titus Young.

The news first broke by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports. 

The Rams claimed WR Titus Young, who was waived by the Lions on Monday.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 5, 2013

Titus Young has had his fair share of troubles in his first two years as a Detroit Lion. During one training camp, he got in a fight with a teammate that resulted in a week-long suspension from the team. Against the Green Bay Packers this season, Young lined up on the wrong side of the ball, in an effort to get the ball more, and was suspended by the team again.

He even went so far as to say he would quit playing if he didn't get more passes thrown to him. 

So why is this a good move, even with all of the problems Young has brought to the playing field?

There are three reasons.

The first is Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher will frankly not put up with any of Young's antics. Cortland Finnegan was said to have many on- and off-field issues, and Fisher still brought him onto the Rams last year because of his play. Janoris Jenkins fell to the Rams because of his off-field problems. Fisher has kept both of them in check, and both players have proven to be vital to the Rams' defensive success.  

Secondly, Young also brings to the table chemistry with fellow Bronco Austin Pettis. Pettis and Young should be able to create some of the magic that they had while playing for Boise St. With Sam Bradford behind center, mostly regarded as a better quarterback than Kellen Moore, he should have no problem making passes that Young and Pettis can bring down.

Finally, Young brings to the table NFL experience, and the ability to become a go-to receiver on first down.

Danny Amendola is Bradford's favorite target, especially on third down. But the Rams need someone who can take the pressure off of him, and that man is Titus Young. Young has speed and hands, and has the ability to become the No. 1 receiver. Calvin Johnson cast a shadow over Young, whereas Amendola plays a completely different role than Johnson does for the Lion. Young will have the ability to thrive in the Rams' offensive system.

The Rams needed a boost in their receiving core in order to make it to the next level, and Titus Young is that guy.