Saturday, August 2, 2014, 4:29pm
Versatility from Vikings wide outs is what receivers coach George Stewart views as a strength for his group that hopes to be featured more with steady quarterback play.
"In Norv's offense, everything's up for everyone," Stewart said. "We have guys that can handle different things. Hopefully we have a chance to be very, very, very multiple at the outside receiver spot."
Jarius Wright became the first receiver since Titus Young on Oct. 28, 2012 to record multiple touchdown catches against the Seahawks when he caught a 21-yarder from the slot position later in the game.
However, Wright only lined up in the slot about a quarter of his snaps last season as the team prominently featured Jennings in that role. With Cordarrelle Patterson's continued development and a proven downfield threat in Jerome Simpson, Wright's versatility despite his lack of height will help his cause to be more featured in his third NFL season.
Wright looks like he's going to get time in the slot this season as the team's WR3, but he's going to have to prove himself before being fantasy worthy. The Vikes are also going to rely heavily on TE Kyle Rudolph in the passing game, according to reports, so Wright will have to fight for targets.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:52am
Who knows what happens with Bush at the end of the day, but plenty of NFL people at the combine believe the Lions will make Bush a primary target in free agency.
It might take $5 million or so a year to land the speedy running back, and Bush's desired destination isn't known. But the Lions' M.O. in recent years has been to try to surround Matthew Stafford with as much talent as possible (drafting Jahvid Best, Titus Young, Mikel Leshoure, Riley Reiff and Ryan Broyles, etc.), and that's not about to change.
"We will be waiving Titus today — this afternoon — so he will no longer be on the roster," coach Jeff Fisher said at a regularly-scheduled news conference. "His agent has been contacted that we’re gonna release him today."
Fisher called it an "extended" interview. And by claiming Young instead of possibly competing with other teams for Young had he cleared waivers, Fisher said it allowed the Rams to have Young's undivided attention.
"We just felt like he was not the best option for us at that position," Fisher said. "We went into detail. We felt like we’ve got a good young group, and we feel like perhaps Titus is better suited for another organization."
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:09pm
Young, 23, is small in stature at 5-11, 174. Although Young played inside and outside for the Lions, those are normally the dimensions for a slot receiver.
In St. Louis, the slot receiver — when healthy — for the past several years has been Danny Amendola. So it’s fair to question how this move might affect Amendola, who’s scheduled for unrestricted free agency and is engaged in contract discussions with the Rams.
“I don’t think it affects Danny one bit,” Amendola’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, said Tuesday. “Titus Young isn’t anywhere in the same ZIP code as Danny as far as a player goes. I’m sure Young may disagree with that because he thinks he’s better than Calvin Johnson.”
St. Louis is bringing along young receivers in 2012 draft choices Chris Givens and Brian Quick. Adding a volatile young talent to the mix would seem to carry some risks. But the Rams can always release Young if the situation appears headed in the wrong direction. They're in the business of adding talent at receiver by any means necessary. They have a strong head coach, Jeff Fisher, who hasn't been afraid to draw a hard line with players, including when he benched Jenkins and Givens for a big game at San Francisco.
Some teams can't be picky about adding talent at WR, and the Rams are one of those teams.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 12:46pm
With WR Titus Young gone, the Lions could give Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles more work at receiver next year, or add to the position in the draft. Burleson is rehabbing from a broken leg, but expects to be ready for the start of the off-season program. Broyles is coming off a torn ACL but probably won't be ready until training camp.
In two seasons with the Lions, Young played in 26 games (17 starts) and registered 81 receptions for 990 yards while recording 10 receiving touchdowns. Young was drafted by the Lions in the second round (44th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Boise State.
Young clearly burned all bridges with the Lions and they have had enough. He has an intriguing skill set but is clearly a head case. Still, some WR-needy team will give him a shot.
WR Titus Young took to Twitter again to voice his displeasure with the Lions:
"Oh I'm not done, if y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats"
"Never needed the money Give me a dollar and a ball bet I come back #HallofFame"
We're betting against the Hall of Fame at this point.
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 11:58am
"Every player's unique, and every player has different circumstances," HC Jim Schwartz said. "I think you could go across the league and find a bunch of guys (that have put troubles behind them). But like I said toward the end of the season, that's in the player's court to be able to get that done, and we're going to need to see more signs of that getting done."
Instead, Young's considerable immaturity floated to the surface again. The final straw came in Week 11, when Young -- the team's second-round pick in the 2011 draft -- lined up in the wrong spot on the field multiple times against the Green Bay Packers. Reportedly, it was done in an act of defiance, leading to the team's decision to deactivate him a week later for conduct detrimental to the team.
In a mysterious bit of timing, Young took to Twitter on Tuesday to both defend his actions in that loss to the Packers and express his wish to stay off the field if he's not an active part of Detroit's game plan going forward.
"Like I said I never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore"
Young's tweets do nothing to enhance his already damaged reputation. He's writing a one-way ticket out of Detroit, while presenting himself as a risky option for the NFL's 31 other teams. Young has talent, but his attitude and behavior make him easy to pass on.
Young has the talent to be a solid real-world WR2, but his personality and poor decision-making are serious red flags.
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:52pm
Monday, December 10, 2012, 1:08pm
It didn’t take long for Kris Durham to establish himself as the Detroit Lions’ No. 2 receiver.
Signed off the practice squad Tuesday, Durham started in his first career game with the Lions, caught four passes for 54 yards -- more than he had in three games as a rookie with the Seahawks last year -- and played 78 of 84 offensive snaps in Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.
That also includes WR Mike Thomas, who many thought would easily earn the starting WR job with no more Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles or Titus Young. Durham made some mistakes, but there's some value there for a guy who played that many snaps in an offense that likes to throw the ball. This time of year, fantasy playoffs, would be a tough part of the season to trust him in your lineup, though.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 1:57pm
The move effectively ends Young's season.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday a move with Young was forthcoming, and he would make the news public. Just over 24 hours later, Young has been shelved for the season with the team citing a knee injury.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz: WR Ryan Boyles tore right ACL, out for the year.
It's not the same ACL he torn in college. It's also not expected that Titus Young gets his job back, so it looks Mike Thomas will get a chance to be the starter according to the team. Thomas played starter snaps last week but only managed one catch for negative yardage. Tony Scheffler & Brandon Pettigrew should see more targets.
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