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Titus Young: Detroit Lions to Give Up on Him After Scuffle with Louis Delmas?

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions watches the morning drills unable to practice due to muscle tightness at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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John RozumCorrespondent IMay 21, 2012

After a reported fight with teammate Louis Delmas, the Detroit Lions have banned receiver Titus Young from attending workouts.

According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, the fight occurred last week:

#Lions WR Titus Young missed OTAs today due to a fight with Louis Delmas last week #NFL

— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) May 21, 2012

That said, the Lions could be giving up on Young after this fight because they took rookie receiver Ryan Broyles in Round 2 of the draft.

In another tweet by Richardson, the team is not letting Young back at the moment:

#Lions WR Titus Young is not allowed back at Allen Park until the team decides to have him back #NFL

— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) May 21, 2012

As unfortunate of a situation as this is for Detroit and Titus Young, this does open the door for Broyles. He has the potential to immediately contribute as a slot receiver in 2012. Within a year or two, Broyles could easily become Detroit's No. 2 target.

Now the question still remains: Will the Lions ultimately give up on Titus Young?

In short, yes.

Despite producing well as a rookie with 607 yards on 48 receptions, including seven scores, that's not impressive enough to save him from character flaws.

Broyles has better character and was much more consistent during his college days (three consecutive seasons of 10-plus touchdowns and 1,100-plus yards). Obviously, durability flags are an issue with Broyles, but the Lions need smart players who know how to remain poised in crucial situations.

Considering that Young lost his cool in the offseason with a teammate, just imagine what could happen in the waning minutes of a regular-season game. Also, Detroit doesn't need any more of the off-the-field issues that have plagued the team from Young's draft class (as mentioned by Richardson).

A guy like Broyles, however, brings class, discipline, work ethic and motivation to get better with every snap and rep in every practice.

We're talking about a receiver that tore his ACL last November but still wound up as a second-round pick because his talent (when healthy) and attitude are what an organization looks for in a prospect.

After Titus Young's actions against a teammate, don't be surprised if Broyles sees more playing time this year and eventually takes over as Detroit's No. 2 receiver. If Young is allowed to return, though, he'll be on thin ice, which will affect his performance during training camp and the season.

When healthy, Broyles possesses the acceleration, top speed and route-running fluidity an offense looks for in a slot or No. 2 target. Young isn't nearly as polished as Broyles, and once you include the intangibles, there's no comparing the two.

 

John Rozum on Twitter.

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