But one of the biggest stories around the league involves the off-the-field troubles of free agent wide receiver Titus Young, who made news once again last week after he was arrested three times in the same week, twice in the same 24-hour period.
Young’s father, Richard Young, told the Detroit Free Press that the young man the public has been exposed to as of late is completely out of character and is “not his son.”
“I hope they just forgive Titus because this ain’t none of Titus, it wasn’t none of his fault,” Young said. “I look at my son right now, I don’t see my son. That’s not my son. I know my son. Titus is not the boy I really raised, I’m saying the way he act, the way he intermix in society right now.”
Richard Young insists that his son’s behavior is a result of a brain disorder that he believes stems from a concussion suffered on the football field. Richard Young also explained that despite his son recently seeking help at outpatient facilities in Texas, Newport Beach and Malibu, CA., he has not been taking Seroque, an antipsychotic drug prescribed to help him deal with the effects of the disorder.
According to the Free Press, the Lions reportedly urged Young to “get treatment for his problems” last spring, although they did not disclose the specifics due to HIPAA laws.
Young was supposed to re-enter a program Monday, but he is currently being held jail waiting arraignment and has been on a medical hold since his latest arrest.
Young played in 26 games with the Detroit Lions, showing flashes of potential and loads of upside, but he is sadly better known for his personal and legal troubles that spiked last spring.
- Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta signed a $2.023 million second-round restricted free agent tender with the Super Bowl champs on Monday, the team announced. Pitta can become an URFA in 2014, and it is likely Pitta and the team will aim to agree to a more long-term deal before he is able to test the free agent market.
- The Minnesota Vikings’ official team website released a video on Monday giving fans a preview of what to expect from the new state-of-the-art stadium that’s being constructed.
- According to ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards, new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has implemented a load of changes into his team’s nutritional plan, including making over the Eagles cafeteria. Kelly’s plan emphasizes lean protein’s (organic, hormone and antibiotic free lean meats and no and red meat), includes personalized smoothies and prohibits junk food. (Frankly, simple rules that we should all abide by, don’t ya think??)
- SB Nation’s Spencer Hall wrote a fascinating column about the coverage of the NFL, questioning why fans and media members alike stand for the from the poor commentary on shows like The NFL Today and the atrocious coverage of the league provided by everyone’s favorite football blogger, Mike Florio. “Aside from rare moments of Ron Jaworski sketching out an actual play or the work you see from Football Outsiders and Chris Brown, so much of what the NFL does is reduced to exchanges of bellowing nothing-isms,” writes Hall. “I don’t just mean The NFL Today on CBS, but it is certainly the master class on bellowing nothing-ism.” Hall attempts to explain the phenomenon.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Chris Ault, “godfather” of the Pistol formation, as an offensive coordinator. Coincidentally, Ault, who will now work with former 49ers QB Alex Smith, worked with current 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick at Nevada.
- Tim Tebow has reportedly been offered a job with the Philadelphia Soul, the city’s Arena Football League team. Ron Jaworski, who owns the Soul, reached out to Tebow offering him a gig “that would see him as their primary backup with a few specialty sets.” (Speaking of Tebow, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch told TMZ.com that he believes Tebow’s decision to play for the Jets derailed his career as an NFL QB. You can watch the video interview here).
- Think before you DM, exhibit A.
Kristine Reese is the NFL Editor and Jets writer for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.