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Terrell Owens to Titus Young: Know your role

When it comes to wearing out your welcome with an NFL team, Terrell Owens is an expert. No one would ever confuse T.O. with a quiet player who minds his own business. It’s often been said that those who can’t do should instead teach, which is why it makes sense on some level that Owens recently had a bit of advice for Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young.

Young, who has tremendous potential to go along with a growing list of disciplinary issues, went on a Twitter rant last week about the Lions supposedly threatening to cut him. According to The Detroit News, Owens recently said Young needs to fall in line with Detroit.

“He has to understand that Calvin (Johnson is) the No. 1 receiver,” T.O. said, “and being the No. 2 receiver, you have to go with the flow of the offense and when your time comes, make the plays.”

At this point, Young would be lucky if he was considered the team’s No. 4 receiver. Owens also said Young needs to “know his role.” Speaking of knowing your role, the 39-year-old Owens is hoping to play in the NFL again next season.

“I look good,” he said. “I feel good.”

T.O. may have never head-butted an opponent or intentionally run the wrong route during his NFL career, but his inability to keep quiet and do his job has led to turmoil throughout his 15-plus seasons as a pro. If Young ever wants to establish himself as a staple in the Lions offense or elsewhere, the time to start showing a little maturity is now.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Titus Young to Lions: If you’re going to cut me, do it; I’m tired of the threats

Titus-Young-LionsTitus Young has had more than his fair share of chances with the Detroit Lions, but if he continues to tweet ridiculous things throughout the offseason he may wind up forcing the team to part ways with him. Earlier this week, Young went on a Twitter rant about how he doesn’t want to play anymore if he doesn’t start seeing more balls thrown his way. He also said that he has never run the wrong route.

Those tweets have since been deleted, but that didn’t stop the former Boise State Bronco from tweeting another gem on Friday morning. This time, Young took aim at the Lions for apparently threatening to cut him and not doing anything about it.

Oh yeah, and he also thinks that Canton may be calling when his astonishing NFL career comes to an end:

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Titus Young doesn’t want to play anymore if he’s not going to get the ball

Titus-Young-LionsRemember when you were playing touch football in the street when you were younger and there was always that kid who would stamp his feet and go home if you wouldn’t let him touch the ball enough? Titus Young is that kid.

No, seriously. On Tuesday afternoon, Young took to his Twitter account to vent about some of his frustrations after an incredibly turbulent season with the Detroit Lions. Simply put, the wide receiver said he isn’t going to play anymore if he doesn’t start seeing more balls.

Remember, the Young who is claiming to never have been selfish is the same guy who was sent home and benched for the Thanksgiving day game for, well, being selfish. He wasn’t done there.

Apparently the stories about Young intentionally running the wrong route to sabotage the Lions’ offense are untrue. Despite the fact that the Lions have had to discipline him for head-butting an opponent and punching his own teammate, Jim Schwartz recently said there is still a possibility he could return to the team next season. If Young does come back, Detroit better find a way to get him the ball. Otherwise, he’s getting on his scooter and going home.

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Jim Schwartz: Titus Young will have knee surgery ‘unless he doesn’t show up for it’

It took nearly two full seasons, but it appears Titus Young has officially become persona non grata with the Detroit Lions. The second-year wide receiver was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and will not play for the team again this season. Young apparently has a knee injury and is scheduled to have surgery, which opened the door for head coach Jim Schwartz to toss an epic zinger at the former Boise State star.

On Wednesday, Schwartz confirmed that Young is set to have knee surgery and threw in a little extra.

To say that Young deserves any diggers he gets from his coach would be an epic understatement. Between punching teammates and attempting to sabotage his own offense, Titus has been more than a handful for the Lions coaching staff since he was drafted last April. He’s a waste of talent who had the potential to be a major factor in an explosive offense, but he has been incapable of acting like an adult and doing his job. If Schwartz is still the coach in Detroit next season, I’d be surprised if Young is on the depth chart.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Lions center Dominic Raiola: We have moved on from Titus Young

The Detroit Lions front office may not have reached their saturation point with second-year wide receiver Titus Young, but some of his teammates have. Young returned to practice earlier this week after serving punishment for his latest childish charade — intentionally lining up in the wrong spot on the field to express his frustration with the offense.

Lions center Dominic Raiola sounds like he wishes Young just stayed home.

“It’s not a distraction because we have moved on from him. If he wants to be a f—–g ass—-, let him be an ass—-,” Raiola told The Detroit News on Friday . “It’s not my problem. What we can control are the guys who want to be here. When you act like that, you don’t want to be here. What I want is people who want to be here, and I think everybody else wants the same thing.

“If you don’t want to be here, just f—–g leave.”

Young has acted like a child since the day he came into the NFL. Coaches have gotten into heated discussions on the sideline during games because of him. He has punched teammates and headbutted opponents. Yet, the Lions continue to hang onto him.

The coaching staff has been open about the fact that rookie Ryan Broyles and newly-acquired Mike Thomas are going to see expanded roles, but why is Young even on the roster at this point? He’s proven time and time again that he’s not going to buy in. What is Jim Schwartz waiting for? Cut him loose.

H/T Eye on Football
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Titus Young was reportedly benched for intentionally lining up in the wrong spot

Titus Young returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he was sent home for selfish behavior and later deactivated for the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans. Disciplinary action is nothing new for Young, but the latest childish act he reportedly pulled takes his immaturity to an entirely new level.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, one of the reasons Young was benched for the Thanksgiving Day game was his attempt to sabotage the Lions’ passing attack against the Green Bay Packers the prior week. As we showed you a couple weeks ago, two Detroit coaches got into a heated discussion on the sideline during their team’s loss to Green Bay. Young was reportedly the source of their frustration, and now we know why.

Apparently Titus was unhappy with the lack of balls being thrown his way against the Packers, so he decided to intentionally line up in the wrong spot on the field “multiple times” before mouthing off to Lions receiver coach Shawn Jefferson and being benched for the final series of the game.

Had a player without a history of punching teammates and headbutting opponents pulled this type of stunt, we might be surprised. Young has repeatedly acted like a child since the Lions drafted him last year, and they have had to treat him accordingly. Jefferson and Calvin Johnson indicated on Wednesday that they expect rookie receiver Ryan Broyles and newly-acquired Mike Thomas to continue to see increased work going forward, so it sounds like the Lions may be close to officially losing their patience with their talented but troubled 2011 second-round pick.

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Titus Young sent home for selfish behavior, won’t play on Thanksgiving

Titus Young was sent home from the Detroit Lions’ facility on Monday for his selfish behavior, and he will not play in the team’s Thanksgiving day game, MLive.com reports.

On Sunday, Lions wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson could be seen yelling at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the sidelines toward the end of Detroit’s loss to Green Bay. He reportedly was yelling at Linehan over Young. Now we have a better understanding of why he was so upset.

Young lined up in the wrong position on the field for a second-and-10 play during the Lions’ second-to-last drive of the game. He refused to move from the slot even when told he was in the wrong spot, and the extra time he took led to a false start by lineman Gosder Cherilus. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that incident led to his benching for Thursday’s game.

“I never like to get 100 percent into the things, but that was one of the issues,” Schwartz said, per MLive.com. “Titus was lined up in the wrong spot in that case, and it caused a lot of confusion on offense. Really, I don’t like to excuse any behavior from any player, but with Gosder, he was sitting in the block for way too long.”

This is the second time in six months that Young was sent home from the team’s facility. You may recall that in May Young was kept out of OTAs for punching teammate Louis Delmas. A second-round pick last year, Young was also benched earlier this season for headbutting Rams DB Janoris Jenkins.

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