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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:30:28 -0800
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."
Fantasy Tip: Fauria doesn't have the ball-control skills comparable to Graham, but it's entirely possible that he takes a big step forward with Lombardi around. Whether Brandon Pettigrew re-signs will be a big determining factor, too.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:31:03 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria is expected to start in Week 16 against the New York Giants with TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) sitting out. TE Dorin Dickerson is likely to be used in two tight end sets, and OG Dylan Gandy could be used in blocking situations.
Fantasy Tip: Fauria should only be an option to plug and play in very deep leagues or setups that allow for two starting tight ends.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:03:42 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Fantasy Tip: Joseph Fauria likely will receive most of the playing time at tight end with Pettigrew out. Fauria could be a flex option for desperate owners in many leagues but would be a better option in leagues that use two tight ends.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:37:26 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria said he expects to have a bigger role on offense Week 16 because TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is dealing with an ankle injury.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:17:08 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, Dec. 18. TEs Dorin Dickerson and Joseph Fauria were the only two healthy tight ends at practice as a result. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Pettigrew's injury was "the most concerning" of anyone who missed practice.
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:36:51 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross and TE Joseph Fauria could see time as slot receivers during the team's Week 10 game.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:44:51 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross or TE Joseph Fauria could see snaps out of the slot position in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears with WR Nate Burleson (forearm) being ruled out.
Fantasy Tip: Fauria is the wiser choice if you're desperately seeking a flex option in a much deeper league.
Sat, 02 Nov 2013 09:10:08 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria has been fined $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness penalty he received in the team's Week 8 game.
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:11:49 -0700
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."
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:49:42 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria went without a catch in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, and he wasn't even targeted once in the game.
Fantasy Tip: Fauria's struggles blocking led to a pair of blown assignment, and that curbed his playing time. He should be relied upon for fantasy purposes going forward.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:09:34 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 24, with a sore hamstring. TE Joseph Fauria, the only backup on roster, is strictly a pass-catching tight end that has been effective out of the slot.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't appear that Pettigrew's injury is serious, so expect him to suit up in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys - a solid matchup. Both Pettigrew and Fauria are flex options, with Pettigrew a safer option.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:27:07 -0700
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan indicated TE Joseph Fauria likely will have a bigger role in the offense Week 6 if TE Tony Scheffler (concussion) is not able to play.
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:59:42 -0700
Detroit Lions TEs Tony Scheffler, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria may have bigger roles after WR Nate Burleson (arm) suffered a broken arm in a car accident. Scheffler had a season-high 21 snaps in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins after playing only four plays in the season opener and 17 snaps in Week 2. He has only been thrown to three times. Scheffler has lined up as a traditional tight end and in the slot so far this season.
Fantasy Tip: Scheffler could see more looks, but with Pettigrew also in the picture, the chances that it'll be enough to make him fantasy relevant are remote.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:33:51 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria might see more playing time in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 22, against the New England Patriots, and it might cut into TE Tony Scheffler's reps. However, despite fewer practice reps for Scheffler, the team insists the veteran is still part of the plans in 2013.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:32:35 -0700
The Detroit Lions used four different tight ends with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 20. TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams and Joseph Fauria each worked with QB Matthew Stafford.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:14:24 -0700
The Detroit Lions could keep four tight ends on the roster in 2013, although it is more likely they will keep three. The Lions currently have TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams, Joseph Fauria and Matt Veldman on the roster.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:21:26 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria may have to outperform TE Tony Scheffler during training camp to earn a roster spot because both are catch-first tight ends and the team may only want to keep one tight end like that.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:53:22 -0700
The Detroit Lions signed undrafted free agent TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA) Saturday, April 27.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:48:48 -0800
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert, Colorado TE Nick Kasa and Michigan State TE Dion Sims each posted 22 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Feb. 22. Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen managed 21 reps, while Maryland TE Matt Furstenburg, Arkansas TE Chris Gragg and Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner hoisted the weight 18 times. UCLA TE Joseph Fauria had 17 reps, as did Boston College TE Chris Pantale and Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera. Florida TE Jordan Reed rounded out the group with 16 reps.