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Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus Young

Titus Young, Antoine Winfield AP

While Lions coach Jim Schwartz took a shot at Titus Young yesterday, saying the young wide receiver would have knee surgery “unless he doesn’t show up for it,” others are taking a more therapeutic approach.

Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson in particular said he hopes the time on injured reserve gives Young an opportunity to mature.

“I hate to jump to conclusions without hearing both sides,” Burleson said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “I haven’t talked to Titus and I haven’t talked to the coaches about specifically what’s going on with him. You just hope that a young talent like this gets a chance to show his ability, because this league is the NFL — Not For Long.

“If you don’t take advantage of opportunities, sometimes it’s tough to get chances.”

Burleson, on IR himself after a broken leg, said the time away from the team could give Young a chance to reflect.

“I think everybody would hope [the time away will do Young some good],” Burleson said. “It lets you kind of re-evaluate what it is you want out of the NFL. You’ve got to have an understanding that you are going to get from the NFL exactly what you give.”

Of course, the Lions won’t just play Father Flanagan for the benefit of a troubled youth. The reality is Young could be a valuable part if he chose to be.

“He could be really good,” Burleson said. “He’s extremely talented; some of the best hands I’ve ever seen. That’s just me being honest. He’s a great route runner. When he’s healthy he can get in and out of his breaks as fast as I’ve ever seen.

“He has a chance to be a mainstay in the NFL. It’s just that you have to start your career off right. You’ve got to kind of earn your stripes and go through the wringer like everybody else did. You make your mistakes and you learn from them. You get back up and you go out there and play ball.”

The Cowboys are willing to give Dez Bryant multiple chances because of his incredible talent, and Young’s approach this offseason will likely determine whether he gets the same benefit of the doubt without the same level of physical gifts.

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12 Responses to “Nate Burleson hopes time on IR matures Titus Young”
  1. oimakkamio says: Dec 6, 2012 9:53 AM

    There is a huge difference in ability between dez Bryant and Titus young. Oh and as much as I dislike the cowboys and dislike dez Bryant, off the field he’s had his troubles. In the field he shows up to play

  2. mazblast says: Dec 6, 2012 10:04 AM

    While I hope that the young man takes the time to reflect on his immaturity and decides to get his act together, the odds are that he sulks, pouts, and decides that he’s the aggrieved party.

  3. purpleguy says: Dec 6, 2012 10:24 AM

    So giving a player with a history of behavior problems more idle time on IR will result in maturation? Sure.

  4. rajbais says: Dec 6, 2012 10:48 AM

    It won’t. Titus needs to go!!! They need WRs in the draft!!!

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 6, 2012 11:51 AM

    Or coach him up to get him where he needs to be. He needs help and more work, so give it to him.

  6. angrylionsfan says: Dec 6, 2012 12:45 PM

    Let him attempt to mature someplace else. I wish Mayhew and Schwartz had the stones to suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team or cut him, which is really why he’s going on IR.

  7. WatchThis says: Dec 6, 2012 1:00 PM

    Titus affects the team during gametime. Last time we saw Titus, he was telling Sheffler to line up wrong or switch places with him, and Stafford was not on the same page with Sheffler the whole game. Everyone was wondering what the heck was going on.

  8. oxcitybombers says: Dec 6, 2012 1:11 PM

    Even Freddie Mitchell thinks this guy’s a jerk!

  9. steelerben says: Dec 6, 2012 1:25 PM

    Can anyone see Young playing for anyone but the Jets next year?

  10. gosuhgo says: Dec 6, 2012 5:04 PM

    I hope some team takes a waiver on an NFL -Disaster-bowl style roster at WR. We could have TO, Ocho, Titus, and Braylon Edwards. Maybe throw Tiki in at RB, Tebow at QB. Make it happen Jags!

  11. isphet71 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:34 PM

    gosuhgo says:
    Dec 6, 2012 5:04 PM
    “I hope some team takes a waiver on an NFL -Disaster-bowl style roster at WR. We could have TO, Ocho, Titus, and Braylon Edwards. Maybe throw Tiki in at RB, Tebow at QB. Make it happen Jags!”

    Throw in Jeff George as your backup and you have yourself a dynasty in the making!

  12. butkus54 says: Dec 8, 2012 3:36 PM

    Well Nate here’s a thought … maybe you can convince Mayhew to send Titus down to Jacksonville to do his growing up, and maybe if you send Cliff Avril with him Jacksonville might be convinced to send a disgruntled Maurice Jones Drew back to Detroit in return.
    …. just a thought …

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