Rookie Update: Joseph Fauria, TE, Lions
One of our favorite rookie tight ends, Joseph Fauria just scored on the Patriots, showing the length and speed that we saw on tape a few months back. Fauria gives the Lions a legit size/speed guy that they get nowhere else outside of Megatron. He's worth keeping an eye on in large redraft formats.
Fauria is just a rookie and he’s got a few veteran tight ends to compete with in Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, but over the long haul, Fauria has serious upside. Here’s what we said about Fauria in our rookie reports.
Joseph Fauria, Lions, 6’7”, 259, 4.72
Nephew of ex-NFL tight end Christian Fauria, Joseph is worth mentioning for a few very good reasons. He’s a tall option with a nose for the end zone. He’s potentially playing with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. He’s a pure offensive tight end and that’s what we’re really looking for. The depth chart in Detroit features no long term locks. Both Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler are in their walk years. If Fauria can develop his blocking a little this year, he could be a potential breakout guy in 2014. Seriously, that’s the upside. Fauria is long, lean and shows some Jimmy Graham-like chops at times and has a similar wingspan. This guy has to be drafted in rookie drafts. He’s no lock, because he must learn to block more consistently, but the upside is really high because he is such a potent offensive threat. This kid caught 12 touchdowns in 2012.