Around the NFC West: Titus Young and slot

Around the NFC West: Feb. 5, 2013

Titus Young has to earn a roster spot in St. Louis before he can affect the team's receiving rotation. And given Young's career to this point, that could be a long shot.

But if Young does stick around, might he give the Rams options from the slot? The team's current slot receiver, Danny Amendola, is scheduled to become a free agent. The Rams would ideally retain Amendola on a long-term deal, but questions about the receiver's durability could affect their thinking.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explores the Young-as-insurance-for-Amendola angle Wednesday. That was my initial inclination when hearing the Rams had claimed Young off waivers from the Detroit Lions. But in looking up Young's production through ESPN Stats & Information, I noticed Young caught only six passes for 30 yards from the slot last season. In two NFL seasons, Young has run 56 routes from the slot and 759 routes from other places in the formation.

So, even though Young is on the smaller side at 5-foot-11 and 174 pounds, he hasn't projected as primarily a slot receiver to this point in his career. Of course, the Rams hope little about Young's career to this point applies to the receiver's future.