Detroit wide receiver Titus Young was sporting a new look on Sunday afternoon, changing the name on the back of his jersey to "Young Sr." in tribute to the birth of his son. Despite his creative efforts to be different, it only took the second year wideout one game to find his way back to a familiar spot this season: Jim Schwartz’s dog house.
Young, in the midst of jawing with Rams’ rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins yesterday, headbutted Jenkins and was quickly flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty.
In Detroit’s regular season meeting with the New Orleans Saints last year, Young displayed his lack of emotional discipline when shoving defensive back Malcolm Jenkins in the midst of a Detroit scoring drive. The drive resulted in the Lions settling for a field goal in a situation where they desperately needed a touchdown.
The game in New Orleans resulted in a Lions loss, and just like yesterday, the penalty landed Young on the Lions bench.
Young is a talented receiver with loads of upside. In fact, many experts have slated Young for a breakout season in 2012. In yesterday’s game, Young had only one catch for 14 yards and one penalty for -15 yards—netting him a grand total of -1 total yards.
You wouldn't exactly call this the best start to his sophomore campaign. Schwartz is not the type of coach who will put up with these kinds of shenanigans either.
It remains to be seen if Young can grow up quickly and become a big part of the Lions' offensive attack this year, but with continued aggravation to Schwartz’s “tight ship” and the Lions boasting plenty of talent on his side of the ball, Young could find himself on the outside looking in before you can say “Young Sr.”