The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young for their upcoming game against Houston on Thursday following what head coach Jim Schwartz described as a pattern of “unacceptable behavior.”
Following practice on Monday, Schwartz said Young’s actions during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to Green Bay were especially disappointing.
“It hurt the team, particularly on offense, and it was a distraction. We’re going to eliminate that distraction particularly this week,” Schwartz said.
In the game, Young was targeted six times, but tied a season-low with just one reception for 24 yards.
The 2010 second-round pick out of Boise State came with character issues, but Schwartz thought they had worked through those.
“I think in spots we have seen progress, but in this case it’s disappointing,” Schwartz explained. “When you play a team sport you need to put team before yourself and there’s no room for selfish behavior. There’s no room for doing anything other than your job. When you’re a player, it’s your job to make the team happy. It’s not the team’s job to make you happy.”
Young leads the Lions with four touchdown receptions this season and is third on the roster in catches (33) and yards (383).
The second-year player was suppose to be poised for a breakout season after hauling in 48 catches as a rookie, but Young was beat out for the No. 2 receiver position by veteran Nate Burleson in the preseason.
Burleson has since suffered a season-ending injury forcing Young back into the starting lineup. However, his recent actions have put his future playing time in jeopardy.
While Schwartz is not classifying the move as a suspension he mentioned Young’s status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and that the wide receivers attitude must change.
“How it goes in the future is going to depend on his reaction,” Schwartz said. “The thing is you always need to think of the team before yourself and particularly recently, that hasn’t always been the case and that needs to change.”
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)