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.
Posted: 10/28/2013 10:26pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said TE Joseph Fauria received only 15 snaps in the team's Week 8 game because the team was using more three-receiver sets during the game. 'I think that everybody's role is going to change from week-to-week and things like that,' Schwartz said. 'We used a lot of three wide receiver personnel and it only keeps one tight end on the field. That's no reflection on him. He wasn't benched or deemphasized. We wanted to keep them in nickel packages and I thought our offense did a good job.'
Huddle Up: Fauria didn't log a catch Sunday and in the 2 games since his 3-TD outburst in Week 6, he's had 1 reception for 15 yards. In the meantime, fellow TE Brandon Pettigrew has recorded 6 catches for 38 yards and a score over that span, making it tough to depend on any Detroit TE on a week-to-week fantasy basis.
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