Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young suffered through a difficult season with the team in 2012, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be back for a third NFL season in 2013.
Lions Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Martin Mayhew drafted Young with the No. 44 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and he's not going to rush to a decision on the Boise State product this offseason.
Young was benched in Week 11 after apparently lining up in the wrong spot on offense on purpose, and then was suspended for Week 12. Teammate Dominic Raiola called Young out for being unprofessional, and Young never quite worked his way back into the lineup.
Mayhew recently spoke with Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about Young's future, and he stressed that nothing has been decided:
"If it was just based off this year you might not consider bringing him back," Mayhew said. "But if you go back to 2011 and you look at his ability to function in this offense, his ability to get along with his teammates, the production that he gave us as a receiver, he's demonstrated the ability to be a very productive player in this league."
"I think he really had a lot to offer in 2011 and was one of the reasons why we were able to win 10 games," Mayhew said. "So he's shown that he can be a productive teammate and that he can be a good teammate. He's shown that and he's also shown that he can be difficult to work with so we'll figure it out."
Young has played in 26 games over his first two NFL seasons, and over that span he's caught 81 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns.