"Big Joe likey." That was Joseph Fauria's reaction to new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi bringing the Saints' playbook to the Detroit Lions, and the second-year tight end has good reason to like the move. It could hand him an even bigger role in Detroit's plans. "I think so," general manager Martin Mayhew said last week. The 6-foot-7 pass-catching tight end went undrafted out of UCLA last year, but was picked up by the Lions and hauled in a surprising seven touchdown catches as a rookie. That trailed only Calvin Johnson on the team. Much of Fauria's production, though, occurred in the red zone. Six of his 18 catches -- a third of his production -- came in that final 20 yards, and he played fewer than a quarter of Detroit's offensive snaps overall due to his deficiencies as a blocker. Mayhew envisions a bigger role for him next year after some refinement. "It's going to be for him, learning a new offense," Mayhew said. "It's going to be his second offense in two years. Getting into a comfort level with Matthew (Stafford).
Joseph Fauria will have bigger role in new Lions offense
Michigan Live | Feb 26