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Rams take a chance on Titus Young

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The Rams have a glaring need for a speed receiver, and have some recent success with guys with character issues.

So with the risk minimal and the possible reward high, they claimed former Lions wideout Titus Young off waivers Tuesday, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com.

Young was such a headache the Lions gave up on him, but the Rams got a huge benefit from rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who many teams were afraid to touch.

Jeff Fisher has the kind of credibility he might be able to pull it off in most cases, but Young has shown signs of not listening to anyone, and the fact he recently said he was better than Calvin Johnson indicates he might have a better grip on the ball than reality.

But for less than $800,000 in total compensation for the year (including his $555,000 base salary), the financial exposure is limited.

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46 Responses to “Rams take a chance on Titus Young”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Feb 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    Titus Young sounds like he’s being mentored by Freddie Mitchell.

  2. restitutororbis says: Feb 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    As a Rams fan, I’m not thrilled about this at all.

  3. smartanis says: Feb 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    The collective breath of the city of Cincinnati was just let out.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    Looks like it will be Titus Up for the Rams.

  5. bigbearnelson says: Feb 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    As a Rams fan, I’m indifferent to this. He’ll work out or Fisher will cut him. No muss, no fuss.

  6. lks311 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    Maybe they get one good season out of him but, eventually, he will implode.

  7. iamthot says: Feb 5, 2013 4:52 PM

    HOF bound!!

  8. austinoxford says: Feb 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    OH THANK YOU!!! Titus Young: Cowboys ain’t got time for that.

  9. Ponder This says: Feb 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    He ain’t that good, contrary to his own opinion.

  10. enochmh2 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    Dont know why people thought someone wouldn’t take a shot at him. Talent will always win over ‘character issues’. All that matters is winning in this league

  11. nothinbutathang says: Feb 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    Titus Young is locker room cancer……He’ll ruin Bradford, too bad too, looked like the Rams were heading in the right direction for a young team.
    The 49ers couldn’t even beat them.

  12. lushy21 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:57 PM

    SMhhh Titus Young thinks he’s better than Amendola and Quick

  13. mazblast says: Feb 5, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’m surprised that the Raiders didn’t claim him, and that the Rams did.

  14. xpensivewinos says: Feb 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    Bad move.

    The Rams were moving in the right direction. Bringing in clowns like this wing nut is a step backwards.

  15. js39 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    As a smart Rams fan, I am THRILLED!

  16. iced107 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:59 PM

    I’m not thrilled about this at all – but if he’s a headache, then this could be no more than a camp body.

  17. doshawnx says: Feb 5, 2013 4:59 PM

    Congrats to the Rams. Not every day you can make a waiver claim on a receiver who is as good as Calvin Johnson.

  18. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    Not only is he relatively inexpensive but he can call audibles if Bradford won’t.

  19. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    Maybe Chris Long can beat some sense
    into Young Sr. Ironic that Schwartz worked for Fischer and couldn’t get through to Titus? Good luck goats!

  20. stl45fan says: Feb 5, 2013 5:09 PM

    Rams should have had more patience with Danario Alexander.

  21. blackngold4life says: Feb 5, 2013 5:10 PM

    Fastest release and sign ever

  22. comebackid says: Feb 5, 2013 5:11 PM

    Titus gets a bad rep, deservedly so, but his old college pal an fellow wideout Austin Pettis plays for the rams. So u know fisher asked him if he’s worth a shot and Pettis knows sure Titus got suspended in college and sat out a year for breaking rules at bsu, but he’s cheap and can take the top of the d so amendola can do what he does.
    Good signing low pay low risk. Possibly high reward if he gets it together.

  23. unlost1 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:12 PM

    i think he’s actually nuts

  24. Ted Skroback says: Feb 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    Too bad the Lions dont play the Rams this season, I think Delmas may want to get him back for that sucker punch in training camp

  25. ajgp920 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:16 PM

    The only way Titus Young will ever be 1/100 of the receiver Calvin Johnson is will be when Titus jacks up his player ratings in Madden.

  26. ramcountry says: Feb 5, 2013 5:16 PM

    Can’t say I’m a fan of this move-Young was a waste of space in Detroit.

    But he is talented and the Rams passing and return games lack pop.

    I will say I’m a fan of this new daring mentality at Rams Park. Snead and Fisher are willing to try things the last regime wouldn’t even consider.

  27. amanistumor says: Feb 5, 2013 5:17 PM

    Is it really taking a chance on him if he’s better then Calvin Johnson?

    Sorry….. LMAO!!!!

  28. mogogo1 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:17 PM

    I thought hiring Fisher was a great move and would pay huge dividends, but after the sheer stupidy of the Ryan hiring/firing and now the Young signing, the Rams are looking like a desperate, clueless franchise.

  29. FinFan68 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:17 PM

    Anybody else put in a claim?

    This guy goes beyond the typical character issues. He has shown himself to be so selfish as to purposefully sabotage his own team during the games. Add to that his over the top claims and his constant bashing via twitter (or whatever he used) and I find it hard to see how any player would have any respect for this clown.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:19 PM

    Out of a group of 31, there will be at least one greedy team that will reward bad behaviour.

  31. bdunham2369 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:21 PM

    Better than Calvin huh, deluded.

  32. detro1tfan says: Feb 5, 2013 5:22 PM

    As a Lions fan, I feel very sorry for what this “cancer” is about to do to that locker room. Thank god the Lions released him!

  33. rtant2013 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:22 PM

    BIG difference between Jenkins and Young. Jenkins smoked weed but didn’t cause problems on the field or with his team. Young however caused a headache on the field and his teammates didn’t even want him there. It’s bad when Calvin Johnson talks crap about you and doesn’t want you on the team. Huge difference in my opinion, and a totally different thing to put up with

  34. bartlettruss says: Feb 5, 2013 5:25 PM

    He’ll be on a really short leash given his behavior up to now. I’m pretty sure Fisher doesn’t want to wait around until it degenerates into more open rebellion. Any player who is so self-centered he’d intentionally line up in the wrong position has a pretty loose grip on reality.

  35. dirtyjersey9er says: Feb 5, 2013 5:35 PM

    Cortland Finnegan better not jaw with Titus in Training Camp. Titus isn’t afraid to throw hands with teammates.

  36. Stupid Lions Fan says: Feb 5, 2013 5:36 PM

    I didn’t think the Rams were that desperate.

  37. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 5, 2013 5:37 PM

    doshawnx says:
    Congrats to the Rams. Not every day you can make a waiver claim on a receiver who is as good as Calvin Johnson.

    Good one, made me laugh out loud.

  38. richcranium2112 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:43 PM

    This will set the Rams’ program back a couple years!

  39. skinsrock says: Feb 5, 2013 5:50 PM

    It’s a no risk, all reward… If he acts up, cut him with no penalty.

  40. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: Feb 5, 2013 5:51 PM

    he might play nice for a year and if he’s focused he can be pretty good. but the long term prognosis is he’s a head case and will likely start causing issues as soon as he feels comfortable. but beyond that i didn’t see much of the “talent” people are saying he possesses. he can run and work past a defense but his hands are very average and he’s had some embarrassing drops in his career in detroit that were not stafford’s fault. not to mention i haven’t ever heard anyone praise him for his work ethic or route-running.

    i won’t be surprised if he contributes some for the rams this year but i’d be shocked if he turns into a consistent number two wideout for multiple years.

  41. schmitty2 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:59 PM

    mogogo1 says:Feb 5, 2013 5:17 PM

    I thought hiring Fisher was a great move and would pay huge dividends, but after the sheer stupidy of the Ryan hiring/firing and now the Young signing, the Rams are looking like a desperate, clueless franchise.

    Are you saying hiring Fisher didnt pay huge dividends?? He took the youngest team in the NFL who were 2-14 and led them to 7 wins. They drafted Janoris Jenkins when all other teams were leery of him. He had 65 tackles and 4 td’s. And FYI they never hired Rob Ryan. Rob changed his mind about being open to a 4-3 defense

  42. rangers84 says: Feb 5, 2013 6:03 PM

    I trust Jeff Fisher.

    That’s about all I can say

  43. zingo1978 says: Feb 5, 2013 6:05 PM

    Titus will react magnificently to Amendola getting 10+ targets a game.

  44. footballfan77 says: Feb 5, 2013 6:30 PM

    I think the bengals should take a chance on him if he gets cut because of the success they had with burfict and his character issues

  45. purpleguy says: Feb 5, 2013 6:53 PM

    Didn’t Jeff Fischer also sign Moss when he was released by the Vikings a few years back? He sure got a lot out of Moss that year didn’t he?

  46. comebackid says: Feb 5, 2013 7:34 PM

    He sure for a lot out of janoris Jenkins.

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