It's been more than a month since Detroit Lions fans have seen Joseph Fauria bust a move in the end zone.

After exploding onto the scene with five touchdown receptions in the first six games of the season, the undrafted rookie tight end has caught just three passes for 54 yards over the past four contests.

Fauria, who stands 6-foot-7, has shown he can be a matchup nightmare in the red zone, but his role has been reduced in recent weeks, even in those situations.

Despite the recent struggles and decreased role in the game plan, Fauria is taking everything in stride.

"I just have to keep on going, keep on looking forward, keep on grinding and not worry about whether the game plan doesn't have me in it or balls don't come my way," Fauria said. "I plan on having a long career and I can't get frustrated over a few weeks."

Up until this recent stretch, Fauria's rookie season couldn't have been going better. After the initial disappointment of going undrafted, he earned a roster spot in Detroit with a stellar training camp and preseason.

As the regular season hit, his role started small, but expanded as he gained the trust of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterback Matthew Stafford. Things peaked in Week 6 when Fauria hauled in three touchdowns in a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.