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Rams claim former Lions WR Titus Young off waivers

2/5/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Although Titus Young has been claimed off waivers one day after being released by the Detroit Lions, out of 31 other NFL teams he only attracted interest from the St. Louis Rams, who picked up the wide receiver on Tuesday after a controversial end to his run in Detroit.
 
Titus Young predominantly remained a starter with the Detroit Lions through two seasons (including a remarkable rookie campaign), while proving his ability into produce in the passing game by making 81 receptions for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns in 28 career games during that stretch. However, Titus Young constantly created distractions, caused issues for the Detroit Lions coaching staff and was disciplined multiple times for his insubordinate behavior this season, which eventually saw no other way out but to release Young before he further poisoned the team.
 
During offseason training, Titus Young got into a fight with Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas and was asked to stay away from the team facility. Then, during the Week 11 loss to Green Bay Packers, Titus Young was again disciplined for jeopardizing the Detroit Lions offense by intentionally lining up at the wrong position. Titus Young also got into a sideline fight with teammate Shawn Jefferson, which eventually spilled out into an argument between Young, Jefferson and Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
 
After initially being benched for two games, Titus Young was deactivated and placed on the Detroit Lions’ injured reserve for the last four games of the season. Titus Young had 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns last season, which don’t stand in comparison to his 48 48 receptions for 607 yards, and six touchdowns in his rookie year.
 
Although the Detroit Lions reportedly attempted to seek a trade for Titus Young, most of the team’s though he wasn’t worth the risk and knew for certain Young would be released at the end of the season.
 
The disgruntled Titus Young demanded to be released by the team in late January since he wasn’t getting the ball enough, and the Detroit Lions were only happy to get rid of the distraction.
 
Titus Young could prove a high-reward, low-risk waiver claim for the St. Louis Rams, who are set to lose wideouts Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson to free agency. Furthermore, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is expected to dig into his experience of dealing with cornerback Adam (formerly Pacman) Jones, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, comeback Janoris Jenkins.
 
Jeff Fisher manages his players with a firm hand.  He deactivated Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Givens last season after they missed curfew the night before a game against the San Francisco 49ers last season. And he also disciplined the players by making them run the steps at Candlestick Park ahead of the game.
 
Even though Titus Young poses to be a lot of trouble, the he has proven talent. The 23-year-old Titus Young could compete for a starting job alongside Chris Givens, Brian Quick and the St. Louis Rams’ other young receivers.
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