Tight end Joseph Fauria exceeded all expectations as an undrafted rookie in 2013, becoming one of the Detroit Lions' primary red zone threats in his first professional season. He finished the year with seven receiving touchdowns, one short of the franchise's rookie record.

But he is eyeing a much bigger role under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Fauria is drawing inspiration from Jimmy Graham, the All-Pro who has caught more passes and touchdowns than any other tight end over the past three seasons.

"I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play," Fauria told the team's official website. "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."

Graham, a third-round draft pick in 2010, played just one season of college football while a member of the University of Miami basketball team for four years.

Coming out of college, Graham was faster and more agile than Fauria, but the Lions' young tight end has the better hands of the two.