|Young, once again, is in trouble with his team for fighting. (US Presswire)|
Yes, he recorded 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season, but he also made dumb personal foul penalties at inopportune times that angered his teammates and coaches.
The worst offense was when he punched a Saints player in the face when his team was losing by 17 points early in the second half, and on the sideline afterward, Detroit center Dominic Raiola eviscerated him on the sideline.
Looks like Young's temper problems haven't been solved.
According to MLive.com's Anwar Richardson, Young missed the beginning of Detroit's OTAs on Monday after fighting with safety Louis Delmas last week. Young, who apparently punched Delmas in the face when he wasn't looking, is “not allowed back at Allen Park until the team decides to have him back.”
It also should be noted that Delmas was at practice today.
"This is the voluntary part of our offseason program," coach Jim Schwartz told reporters. "There is no need to comment. It sort of entails that it is not voluntary.”
Even with the problems Young apparently still displays, there might be some hope for him. After all, he overcame a nine-game suspension placed on him by Boise State coach Chris Peterson, and he interspersed plenty of positive results with his missteps last year. In fact, Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Young was the most productive rookie receiver with whom he had ever worked.
He's not the only guy to make dumb mistakes,” receiver Nate Burleson said last year. “Everybody has. I've had some penalties. But I just like the way he's embraced his position. He said, ‘You know what, I'm just going to go out there and make plays.' And he has. The guy has showed up tremendously for us."
Plus, Young seemed -- the past tense to that verb being the kicker -- to have learned his lesson about fighting.
“It was something that needed to be corrected and I felt that the only way I could have corrected it was to not be put in that position again,” Young said about a month after the Saints incident. “I've been very mindful of keeping my cool and letting it go to the next play.”
For now, though, the team is telling Young not to show up at workouts, and that isn't helping either his physical development or his maturity.
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