Joseph Fauria | TE | Detroit Lions
Posted: 5/9/2014 12:22pm et
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said TE Joseph Fauria will still have a role in the offense even though the team drafted TE Eric Ebron. 'Joseph (Fauria) is still going to have a very strong role in the red zone. There's nothing to say that we're not going to have three tight ends on the field at some point,' Lombardi said. 'Every game is different, every game plan is different, but Joe has impressed me in the short time we've been able to work with him.'
Huddle Up: Apparently you can't have enough big targets in Detroit, with Ebron joining Fauria and Calvin Johnson. If nothing else, that's a heckuva front court.
Posted: 2/13/2014 11:54pm et
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria expects to increase his production similar to what New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has accomplished with new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on board. Fauria was second on the team with seven touchdowns in his rookie year, and he expects to play an important role in the team's new offense in 2014. Lombardi worked with Graham during his first four years in the league, and Lombardi expects to bring a similar playbook to Detroit. 'I told (coach Prince) I wanted to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL,' Fauria said. 'I think anything less than that is reaching low. I told him I wanted to make plays and help this team out.'
Huddle Up: Mentioning a TE in the same sentence with Graham always is scary, but the the 6-foot-7 Fauria certainly has some upside. In the least, he obviously has the red-zone aspect down pretty good, but he only had 11 other catches outside of 7 TD grabs so look for increased every-down production to be the starting point.