The idea was perfect but the execution left something to be desired. When Lions tight end Joseph Fauria caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter of Thursday’s exhibition victory over the Patriots he tried to honor his uncle Christian who played 13 seasons in the NFL and was at Ford Field working as an analyst for New England. As his uncle did so many times Fauria celebrated by spiking the ball through his legs. But as he jumped the ball went forward. Luckily for Fauria the six points count more than style points. “It probably wasn’t as pretty because I was so flustered” Fauria said. Fauria had good reason to be excited. The undrafted rookie from UCLA is fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster and a 22-yard touchdown certainly will help his case. “It helps a lot but I think I might get downgraded for my celebration” he said. In the first two exhibitions Fauria had two catches for 12 yards. Thursday he had three catches for 44 yards and a score. “He did exactly what we’ve seen in practice” fellow rookie tight end Michael Williams said. “He just finally showed y’all in the game.” But receiving talent never has been an issue for the 6-foot-7 Fauria. “It’s the blocking and the majority of the snaps I get are blocking and I think I’m doing well at that” he said. “And I think the coaches are noticing. I’ve just got to keep grinding away with that.” Fauria had some nice blocks Thursday including one where he pulled from the right side of the line to the left to spring Joique Bell for a 13-yard run. But he also had a block he’d like to have back. On a Mikel Leshoure run in the third quarter Fauria earned a 15-yard penalty for a chop block on an engaged defender.
Undrafted rookie Joseph Fauria making a case to stay on Lions roster
Detroit News | Aug 24