Joseph Fauria caught seven touchdown passes last season, which was second among the league's rookies. It also was about seven more than anyone expected him to have. The undrafted rookie tight end was one of the Detroit Lions' greatest surprises of the season. But he's also not yet a complete tight end. And he hopes to rectify that this offseason, as he vies for Detroit's full-time starting job next season. "I think I got some good feedback (from coaches), which will definitely drive me in the offseason. Lot of stuff to work on," Fauria said on locker clean-out day Monday. "Being a pro-style tight end, and being able to be relied on in the future." Detroit's tight end situation is uncertain heading into 2014. Brandon Pettigrew, the top player at the position, is an unrestricted free agent and it's unclear whether the Lions will attempt to sign him. He was the team's best blocking tight end, and also caught 41 passes for 416 yards while improving his drop rate. The Lions will have to decide whether to pony up to re-sign Pettigrew (he could draw a decent payday, after a really solid 2013). Or, they could pin their hopes on Fauria developing into a guy capable of handling the every-down load.
Lions' Joseph Fauria eyeing full-time starting role after breakout rookie season
Michigan Live | Jan 3