Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hands the ball off to wide receiver Titus Young (16) during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Need Titus Young to Step Up


The Detroit Lions offense isn’t off to a prolific start. Matthew Stafford‘s four touchdowns and just two touchdown passes gets most of the focus but he isn’t the player the Lions need to step up on offense most. That distinction goes to Titus Young.

His total of two catches for 25 yards through two games falls short of his single-game numbers from ten games a year ago. The numbers are the only troubling aspect of Young’s start to the season. His headbutt in week one drew a personal foul penalty, exactly the type of thing Young and the team should be focusing on moving away from after last year’s personal foul-laden season and Titus’ offseason sucker-punch of Louis Delmas. Last week, Young seemed to give up on a pass rather than trying to make a play on one of the few balls that have been sent his way.

It’s a collection of evidence through two weeks that could send Titus in one of two directions. Either he has made strides in becoming more mature and will turn things around or he hasn’t made strides and we could be in for a year-two tailspin. It doesn’t take a pilot’s license to know that tailspins usually end badly.

Titus Young’s jersey nameplate now reads “Young Sr.” following the birth of his son. It is a touching way to honor his new son but doesn’t guarantee that he has grown up as a man and a professional. Let’s hope that the event has put Titus on a path towards leveling out his attitude and producing on a consistent basis. The Lions offense may not live up to expectations if it hasn’t.

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