Lions WR Titus Young returned to practice in Week 13, but whether he can repair his relationship with the club remains to be seen.
It’s clear that the Lions’ patience has worn thin with Young, whose maturity has been called into question multiple times during his two seasons with Detroit. Head coach Jim Schwartz benched him for Week 12 after what he termed “unacceptable” and “selfish” behavior in the previous game, a loss to division rival Green Bay. Young, according to the Detroit Free Press, intentionally lined up wrong on numerous occasions against Green Bay.
“This is a team sport; it’s not an individual sport,” Schwartz said leading up to Week 12. “Eventually there (are) no more opportunities to be able to get it right.”
Schwartz’s comments on Young were telling — the Lions’ head coach isn’t known for publicly calling out players, we’re told.
Also notable were C Dominic Raiola’s strong words about Young. Raiola, the club’s longest-tenured player on offense, told the Detroit News on Nov. 30 that the Lions “have moved on from” Young.
There’s no doubting Young’s talent, and his field-stretching speed can be a major asset. He’s also under contract for two more years, reportedly at low base salaries. When considering the reasons why the Lions might continue to put up with him, those are a couple of points that may be in his favor.
However, there’s no doubting that he has used up much of his goodwill with Detroit, and whether that can be restored is a work in progress. This is no minor setback for Young, we’re told.