Rookie tight end Joseph Fauria has carved out a meaningful role in the Detroit Lions' offense as a red zone weapon but he's champing at the bit for an expanded role.

Fauria's workload has remained relatively steady through the first five weeks of the season ranging between nine and 13 snaps but his targets have been inconsistent. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn't looked his way in three of the past four games.

That's been frustrating for the rookie -- not because he believes he's owed more opportunities but because he's hungry to make a bigger contribution.

"As a competitor sure but at the same time I understand my role as a rookie as a role player" Fauria said. "I'm not frustrated holding my breath throwing a fit. I'm just taking it in stride learning and trying to get out there."

But with teammate Tony Scheffler suffering a concussion last Sunday against Green Bay and no indication he'll be ready to go this week when the Lions travel to Cleveland Fauria will see more playing time according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

"He is going to play more than he has to this point" Linehan said. "He is on track to do great things for us too. He is a young player but he has certainly played really good football for us and will play more snaps for us as we move forward."

Scheffler was on the field for a season-high 31 plays against the Packers before taking a helmet-to-helmet shot from Packers safety Jerron McMillan. The veteran tight end was also having his most productive day catching four passes for 55 yards.