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Lions undecided on Titus Young’s future

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Lions receiver Titus Young repeatedly caused trouble last season, doing everything from punching a teammate to purposely lining up in the wrong spot during a game, and he was ultimately sent home and told not to come back to the team facility. But the Lions haven’t yet decided if he’ll be welcome back in 2013.

Young was back at team headquarters for his exit physical on Wednesday, and G.M. Martin Mayhew said they talked. But Mayhew said he doesn’t know if Young will still be on the team when minicamps open in a few months.

I think it’s hard to say right now,” Mayhew told the team’s website. “There’s a lot of time between now and when he has to come back. I think there’s a lot that has to happen between now and then. We’ll decide that at the appropriate time, but we haven’t decided that at this point. I think it has to be the right situation for him and for us. We’ll have to decide if that’s what it is.”

Mayhew took Young in the second round of the 2011 draft and said he was impressed enough with Young’s rookie season that he might be willing to forgive Young’s antics in his second season.

“If it was just based off this year you might not consider bringing him back,” Mayhew said. “But if you go back to 2011 and you look at his ability to function in this offense, his ability to get along with his teammates, the production that he gave us as a receiver, he’s demonstrated the ability to be a very productive player in this league. I think he really had a lot to offer in 2011 and was one of the reasons why we were able to win 10 games. So he’s shown that he can be a productive teammate and that he can be a good teammate. He’s shown that and he’s also shown that he can be difficult to work with so we’ll figure it out.”

The Lions would love to have a reliable No. 2 receiver to put on the other side of the field from Calvin Johnson, but so far they haven’t found that: Young has been inconsistent on the field and a troublemaker off it, Nate Burleson is coming off a season-ending injury and looked like he had lost a step even before he got hurt, and Ryan Broyles, who showed promise as a rookie, has now suffered two ACL tears in the last 14 months. Mayhew has invested a lot in trying to find that reliable No. 2 receiver, and so far he hasn’t found one.

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15 Responses to “Lions undecided on Titus Young’s future”
  1. abninf says: Jan 4, 2013 9:19 AM

    He purposely hurt his team on the field of play and they don’t know what they’ll do with him??

  2. xyxyxx says: Jan 4, 2013 9:26 AM

    Send him packing. Receivers are a dime a dozen. This guy is a knucklehead on and off the field.

  3. chc4 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:28 AM

    This is why the Lions are crumbling. Cancers like this must be shown the door. Terrible example to set.

  4. spooner97 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:33 AM

    Throw the Lions out of the NFL.

  5. rajbais says: Jan 4, 2013 9:39 AM

    You’re coaching in the Senior Bowl for a reason.

  6. flyeredup says: Jan 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    Titus Young is Charles Rogers 2.0

  7. rajbais says: Jan 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    You’re coaching in the Senior Bowl.

    Make the most of your opportunity.

  8. dlions18 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:50 AM

    Not only does Young have to go but Mayhew too. He’s too proud to admit he made a mistake in drafting this guy. Ford needs to walk both these guys out the door.

  9. jpb12 says: Jan 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    This clown will sit on their roster all off-season until cut time in August.

    Won’t work hard. Won’t be smart enough to learn a new system with a new team.

    Will go down as just another bad WR drafted by the Lions. Will be working at a Wal-Mart in 3 years

  10. norseyapper says: Jan 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Weird…a guy has demonstrated that he is a cancer to your team, couldn’t be a worse teammate.
    It really doesn’t matter what his talent level might be, to even say you are considering forgetting his antics because of talent tells you that Mayhew is more of a problem for that franchise than Young, who is obviously poisonous.

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    For the Lions’ sake, I hope they are only saying they’re undecided because they want to try and get something by way of trade.

  12. thetokyosandblaster says: Jan 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    He’s the reason Calvin Johnson got all those yards. Gotta keep him.

  13. oldbyrd says: Jan 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    Obviously not worth the effort. He would only hurt the team.

  14. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 4, 2013 12:11 PM

    He seems like kind of a head case . . .

  15. twelsh36446 says: Jan 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    To bad no one would give them 20 draft choices for him

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