What ever happened to the Detroit Lions‘ undrafted tight end Joseph Fauria? He was one of the most exciting and entertaining players to watch this year because of his effectiveness, secure hands and entertaining touchdown celebrations. Who can forget his three touchdown catches against the Cleveland Browns? Joseph Fauria had a dream start to his NFL career becoming the only player other than Calvin Johnson in team history to have three receiving touchdowns in a single game. He was so productive that he had caught seven passes and scored five touchdowns through Week 6 against the Browns and had Lions’ fans questioning Brandon Pettigrew‘s contribution to the offense. What happened to Fauria’s role in the Lions’ explosive offense?
After the game against the Browns Fauria’s presence in the Lions’ game has been minimal. Head coach Jim Schwartz was quoted as saying at one point that defenses were being more aggressive against him and he wasn’t “catching anybody by surprise anymore.” Unfortunately, Schwartz has limited Fauria’s role to the point of just targeting him on three occasions for significant gains of 15, 25, and 14 yards. At the beginning of the season Fauria was averaging just 8.43 yards over three games and managed to find the end zone five times. So I´d like to find out, if Fauria is still making significant contributions per catch why is coach Schwartz reducing his role? Didn’t Schwartz also say he wasn’t “catching anybody by surprise anymore?”
In my opinion the Lions have a great player in Joseph Fauria and they can only benefit from his receiving skills. He has already delivered in the red zone on numerous occasions and proved he is a primary target. Reducing his role is not a smart move to be playoff ready.