(NEW YORK) — Despite his immense talent, Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has struggled with maturity issues on and off the field. Despite that, the team still supports their young pass catcher.
Last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, Young head butted Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, which resulted in a personal foul. As a result, Young was benched for the start of the third quarter to send a message. The team is hoping that is all they have to do regarding Young’s attitude.
“He’s worked hard, ready to go and contribute and do a great job for us,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told the Detroit News. “We’ve got great leadership. I think guys understand that, and he’s still a yong player. He’s learned just being accountable; that’s a great place to start.”
This was not Young’s first incident. He was sent home from OTAs after he sucker-punched safety Louis Delmas and also committed personal fouls on-the-field last season.
The Lions drafted Young in the second round of the 2011 draft. Against the Rams, Young caught just one pass for 14 yards.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN