May 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) during OTA at Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
What he did well last year
Dance. That’s pretty much it for Joe Fauria’s 2014 season. One touchdown and one twerk. When Fauria did play, he played well in the red zone and gave Stafford another big body to work with. His blocking also looked better in his limited appearances.
What he must do in 2015
After be mauled by Cujo at his own home (which turned out to be a year to the date after the Nate Burleson Pizza massacre) Fauria wound up missing way more time than anyone expected.
Look at that blood thirsty beast. He probably pushed Fauria down the stairs. That dog is an omen. It’s plain and simple, stay healthy. If Fauria can give the Lions 16 games next season, fans will likely see his progression n the blocking game and his presence will be felt in the red zone.
Fauria is not going to be a starting tight end anytime soon. What the Lions use him for now works out just fine. Look for Fauria to be a blocking tight end and the last look of Matthew Stafford’s progressions in 2015. With Fauria’s height, he is a weapon when in the red zone for the Lions. Look for him to notch something like 30 receptions for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns.
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