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Joseph Fauria thinks he can “contribute very similarly” to Jimmy Graham


When Joe Lombardi was introduced as the Lions’ offensive coordinator at a press conference last week, he said that there would be a lot of similarities with the offense that Lombardi was part of as the quarterbacks coach in New Orleans.

That led to an excited tweet from tight end Joseph Fauria, who had seven touchdowns on 18 catches in his first season as a receiving tight end with the Lions. The 6-foot-7 Fauria thinks he can improve on those numbers based on what he’s seen from the tight end that catches a lot of passes in the New Orleans offense.

“I’m fully aware of what that means and I do know who Jimmy Graham is,” Fauria said, via the team’s website. “I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play. 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.”

It’s a lofty goal, but there’s not much point in setting a goal of being a part-time player called on in the red zone. Fauria said he is training this offseason to fine-tune everything about his game and his chances of seeing a spike in playing time would go way up if he succeeds in making himself a more complete player than he was in 2013.

The same will be true if the Lions let Brandon Pettigrew walk as a free agent, something that we’ll find out once March rolls around.

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15 Responses to “Joseph Fauria thinks he can “contribute very similarly” to Jimmy Graham”
  1. calhounlambeau says: Feb 13, 2014 12:00 PM

    Except Fauria is a stiff. But he’s a nice matchup problem in the redzone, no doubt.

  2. contra74 says: Feb 13, 2014 12:23 PM

    Fauria is legit. Get him the ball more.

  3. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 13, 2014 12:26 PM

    Jimmy Graham plays 75% of his plays lined up outside.

    Jimmy Graham is a below average run blocker.

    Jimmy Graham is a below average pass blocker.

    Jimmy Graham is one heckuva wide receiver. Pay and treat him accordingly.

  4. hyzers says: Feb 13, 2014 12:35 PM

    Can’t believe this guy went undrafted. Huge upside. Needs to work on his blocking but he will be a threat for a long time to come.

  5. lionsmark09 says: Feb 13, 2014 12:37 PM

    Towards the end of the season he was making solid plays other places than the endzone. Promising though. Fauria, Calvin, Watkins(please), and Bell would be a nice red zone offense.

  6. gbmickey says: Feb 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    I am going to go out on a limb here and say he cant and wont come close.

  7. isetheskyonfire says: Feb 13, 2014 12:57 PM

    i need him to stop with those exotic endzone celebrations lol xD

  8. nfl4days says: Feb 13, 2014 12:58 PM

    Since when does blocking poorly mean you’re a WR? There are plenty of receivers who block well. 75% where did you get that number from? Because a lot of his highlights have him linedup outside? That’s only if a nickle corner or slow linebacker are on him because he is a matchup problems. His snaps come mostly from the TE position. He’s a TE who needs to improve his blocking.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2014 1:08 PM

    His TD celebration is way better than Graham’s.

    I don’t know if Stafford knows how to get the ball to anyone not named Megatron though.

    Johnson has a bad game so does Stafford.

  10. ravenswhat says: Feb 13, 2014 1:19 PM


  11. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2014 2:04 PM

    In theory this can work. In reality, Fauria has Stafford and not some guy who demands an explanation throwing to him.

  12. purpleguy says: Feb 13, 2014 2:16 PM

    As long as he works on his dancing skills along with his blocking, all should be fine.

  13. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:02 PM


  14. jtmartinez34 says: Feb 13, 2014 6:50 PM

    Dope. Get out of the league.

  15. winninaintsinnin says: Feb 13, 2014 10:21 PM

    Brees get traded to Detroit?

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