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80 Joseph Fauria TE
Height/Weight: 6-7/267 | Birthdate: 1/16/1990 | Birthplace: Northridge, CA, USA | Team: Detroit | College: UCLA | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 146.00
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Lions TE Joseph Fauria runs on injured ankle for first time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, who's missed four straight games, ran Monday on his injured ankle for the first time and said he felt fine, reports the Detroit News.

Lions' tight ends among inactives Week 7


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are among the team's inactives for the game against New Orleans. Also sitting out are wideout Calvin Johnson (ankle), running back Theo Riddick (hamstring), quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds and defensive end Larry Webster.

With Ebron and Fauria out, tight end Brandon Pettigrew is in for a big workload Sunday.


Lions expected to be without TEs Fauria, Ebron in Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Besides Calvin Johnson, the Lions may be without their top two pass-catching tight ends heading into Week 7 at home against the Saints.

Joseph Fauria was unable to practice and was ruled out for Sunday. Eric Ebron, who was limited participant on Wednesday, was unable to return to the practice field Thursday and Friday. As a result, he was labeled doubtful for the game. Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Travis Lewis (quadriceps) missed practice the entire week. Riddick is doubtful, while Lewis was ruled out for Week 7.

Johnson was not a participant in practice the entire week and could be sidelined until Week 10. He was officially questionable on the injury report. Reggie Bush (ankle), Jeremy Ross (ankle) and Ezekiel Ansah (toe) were all listed as probable for Sunday.


Brandon Pettigrew no longer viewed as a receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew drew at least 100 targets in three of the previous four years, but under new coach Jim Caldwell, Pettigrew is almost strictly being used as a blocker, reports MLive.com. Pettigrew has been targeted eight times in six games, catching five passes for 40 yards.

"We're trying to do what's best for us to get in the end zone," Caldwell told the website.

The Lions are using tight ends Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria as pass catchers.


Lions list inactives for Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Lions have made RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson, TE Joseph Fauria, LB Travis Lewis, QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster and OL Garrett Reynolds inactive Week 6 against the Vikings.

Bush and Johnson headline the group. Both players are dealing with ankle injuries. Fauria and Lewis were ruled out prior to Sunday.


Pair of Lions get red light for Week 6 battle against Vikings


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle) and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) are the lone Lions ruled out for their Sunday game against Minnesota. Neither has practiced this week.

Listed as probable are running backs Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Joique Bell (concussion), safety Jerome Couplin (ribs) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle).


Lions announce Week 5 inactive vs. Bills


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 5 matchup with the Bills: running backs Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad), tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Bell and Riddick had already been ruled out for the game, leaving the Lions woefully thin at running back behind Reggie Bush. Fauria and Lewis had also been ruled out, while Vaughn was doubtful to play. Calvin Johnson, who was listed as questionable, is active and ready to roll.


Lions rule out three for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Lions have ruled out three players prior to Week 5.

Joseph Fauria, Travis Lewis and Theo Riddick will not play during the contest. All three players missed practice the entire week, leading to them being labeled as "out" on the injury report. 


Joseph Fauria: I sprained my ankle chasing my dog


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria was inactive Week 4 with an ankle injury. On Monday, Fauria disclosed how he suffered the injury, saying he was running to stop his 3-month-old dog from urinating inside when he missed two stairs and slipped on a hardwood floor.

Fauria is using crutches and remains in a walking boot.


Lions list inactives for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The following players were listed inactive for the Lions  in Week 4 against the Jets: Quarterback Kellen Moore, safety Don Carey, cornerback Cassius Vaughn, linebacker Travis Lewis, tackle LaAdrian Waddle, defensive end Larry Webster and tight end Joseph Fauria.

Lions release extensive injury report Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The questionable tag for premier wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) highlights a lengthy injury report issued Friday by the Lions.

Those ruled out are tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle). Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) are doubtful.

Fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) is the lone questionable. The probables are defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin), running backs Joique Bell (knee) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and safety James Ihedigbo (neck).


Joseph Fauria red-lighted for Week 4 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has been ruled out for Sunday against the host Jets with an ankle injury.

That comes as no surprise considering he was on crutches and in a walking boot Friday.


Joseph Fauria on crutches, in walking boot Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has been seen at the facility Friday on crutches and wearing a walking boot, which indicates he is likely out for the Week 4 game against the host Jets, per the Detroit News.

Fauria, who is dealing with an ankle injury sustained last Wednesday in a home accident, has one catch in each of the first three games.


Joseph Fauria getting MRI for ankle injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Thursday tight end Joseph Fauria missed practice after injuring his ankle Wednesday night at his house. Fauria is expected to undergo an MRI and his status for Week 4 at N.Y. Jets remains up in the air.

Lions backup receivers do little Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Lions backup pass catchers did little Week 3 against the Packers.

Corey Fuller made the biggest impact, catching a 52 yard pass from Matthew Stafford. Fuller finished second on the team in yards due to the play. Tight end Joseph Fauria picked up 3 yards on one catch. 

They'll take on the Jets Week 4. 


Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria held in check Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria failed to make much of an impact in a Week 1 win at home over the Giants.

Pettigrew caught his lone target for a 9-yard gain in the opening quarter. He was held without a catch in the second half.

Fauria was held without a grab in the first half before making a 26-yard grab in the third quarter. He nearly came down with a touchdown on that drive, but Prince Amukamara batted a pass intended for him in the end zone. He was targeted again in the end zone on the ensuing drive, but Matthew Stafford's throw was off the mark. He finished with one catch for 26 yards in a 35-14 victory.

Lions haven't forgotten about Joseph Fauria on offense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Although Brandon Pettigrew is still listed as the starting tight end for the Lions and rookie Eric Ebron is a quick-rising prospect, Lions coach Jim Caldwell doesn't want fans to forget about Joseph Fauria, who is listed as the second-team tight end on the team's unofficial depth chart.

"He’s been having a real fine camp," Caldwell said, per the team's official website. "One of the things that he and I had a little discussion about back during the offseason was that he was challenged by the fact that he thought that everybody kind of pigeonholed him as an individual that was just good in the red zone. That he’s deficient in blocking and things of that nature.

"He set out to prove all the skeptics wrong in that regard because he’s been blocking well. He’s working at it. He’s a linear guy, he’s pretty tall, but he can bend his knees. Obviously, we know what he can do in terms of pass catching. That height is something that you can’t teach and he’s got good hands. He really does provide a natural threat to the opposition."


Joseph Fauria wants to compete for TE job


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria understands why the team drafted Eric Ebron with a first-round pick. He just wants a chance to compete with him for the starting job, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Joseph Fauria's Fantasy stock slides


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) The drafting of Eric Ebron crushed any hope Joseph Fauria had of being a dangerous Fantasy option week in and week out in the Lions' new offense, which is based on what the Saints have been doing and includes a lot of tight end elements. Fauria did have seven touchdowns over 18 catches at 11.5 yards per grab last season and could still make some noise in the red zone but Ebron figures to dominate the playing time. Fauria no longer is worth taking in a typical Fantasy draft.

Joseph Fauria tumbles down Lions depth chart


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Joseph Fauria was one of our Fantasy sleepers this summer ... until Eric Ebron took his place. Actually, Ebron has more upside than Fauria, which hurts to say since Fauria seems like a fun-loving guy, but Fantasy can be cold and cruel. 

The Lions persist that Fauria will still have a role in the offense per the Detroit Free Press, but it could be limited to the red zone and thus keep him off the field for much of the time. Fantasy owners shouldn't draft him. 


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 


New coach Caldwell talks up Joseph Fauria


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) Calling him a "unique, physical specimen," new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he expects to see more from second-year tight end Joseph Fauria in 2014. Fauria made waves as a rookie last year catching seven touchdowns (including three in the same game) on just 18 catches. 

"We've got the tall guy who can get down in the goal line area we can do something with, but not only that, I think you'll see Joe's going to be pretty good out in the field, too," Caldwell said from the NFL Owners Meetings. "[T]here will be some things he can do every down, there will be some things, obviously, he can do on passing downs as well. ... Do I think that he's one of those guys you can put in a bunch of point-of-attack runs and heavy run-oriented situations? I think you're misusing him in terms of his talent level. I mean the guy is athletic, he can run, he can jump, and to take him and pidgeon hole him into one area, I think, would be unfair. I do think he's talented enough to play on every down but I do also think that he's a specialized talent that you have to make certain that you put him in the best possible position in order to be successful."

Fauria will battle for playing time this summer; the team re-signed fellow tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who might end up seeing far more playing time but not necessarily as many targets. 


Joseph Fauria ticketed for bigger role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Lions tight end Joseph Fauria, a 6-foot-7 red-zone threat as a rookie, should have a bigger role in the 2014 offense, general manager Martin Mayhew told MLive.com. "I think Matthew [Stafford] had a comfort level with him in the red area more so than in the field," Mayhew said.

"And then the offensive coordinator feeling comfortable to create opportunities for him to get the ball. So, it'll be a process. He certainly has the talent level to suggest he can be more productive in the field than he has been."

Seven of Fauria's 18 catches went for touchdowns. If the Lions don't re-sign Brandon Pettigrew, Fauria could see a major spike in playing time. Fauria played fewer than a quarter of the snaps last season due to his weakness as a blocker, the report said.


Add Joseph Fauria to your deep TE sleeper list


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) It's early, and the Lions could always move in another direction, but there's an indication that Joseph Fauria could emerge as Detroit's primary tight end in 2014.

This is especially relevant since the guy calling the Lions' plays, Joe Lombardi, is a former Saints assistant who will use the Saints playbook as a basis for the one he'll call plays from in Detroit. And you know who the Saints tight end is, right?

Fauria has intrigued me because of his size. I'm not sure if he has the pure athleticism and speed Graham has but after scoring seven times on 18 catches last year as an undrafted rookie there's clearly a role for him at least in the red zone. Plus if he's out there along with Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and whoever lines up at receiver then he'll be a tough guy to cover. 

I've added Fauria to the bottom of my sleeper tight ends list and would consider a late-round pick on him in Fantasy drafts. 


Could Joseph Fauria play the role of Jimmy Graham?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi says he plans to use the Saints playbook as a starting point for Detroit's new offense. 

Does that mean second-year tight end Joe Fauria could play in the same kind of capacity as Jimmy Graham in New Orleans? That's what the 6-foot-7 tight end is aiming for

"I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play," Fauria said. "I'm not calling myself Jimmy Graham, but I strive to have the kind of production he has. I think I can contribute very similarly to how he has with the Saints."

Fauria told his trainer he wants to fine-tune "everything" this season and has already had a number of talks with his position coach, Ron Prince, about improving everything from his skill set to his playing time. 

The Lions' official team website notes that if the team doesn't re-sign Brandon Pettigrew then Fauria's chances of being a contributor go up significantly.