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Joseph Fauria, an undrafted free agent out of the University of California, Los Angeles, has quite the entertaining dancing skills. Fauria’s crafty dancing skills are humorously displayed in front of thousands on any field whenever he reels in a touchdown pass. However, Fauria hasn’t danced the exact amount of times he’s caught a touchdown, which is five.
Yes, Joseph Fauria the rookie and former Bruin has five touchdowns so far throughout just a simple six games into the 2013 season. Fauria only has 7 total receptions for a combined 66 yards.
How can a tight-end who has under 100 yards of receiving throughout six games be his team leader in touchdowns with five one may ask? Simple. Fauria is an abosolute redzone nightmare for opposing defenses. He is a 6’7 statue that towers over defenders and powerfully cranes in the footballs tossed his way while being across the white plane.
The Detroit Lions have to be more grateful for a dominating redzone threat like Fauria due to their struggles last season; the Lions could rack up the yards, but once they got into the endzone they struggled to find mismatches that would give them some edging six points, and would be forced to kick repetitive field-goal after field-goal, preventing them from putting the dagger into teams.
Fauria has changed that pesky struggle and has defensive coordinators shaking in the redzone because of the way he creates such a scary mismatch. When Calvin Johnson is accounting for much of the coverage along with running back Reggie Bush it’s pretty easy hard for any defender to guard a giant like Fauria one on one.
In the most recent game against the Cleveland Browns, Fauria put on a show of total domination against the Browns’ Defense. He has a gifted knack for catching touchdown passes and it was more impressively shown in this game. Each of the three times quarterback Matthew Stafford targeted him in the redzone he rewarded him with six points and an entertaining show after the score, whether it was his dancing or a dunk through field-goal post. Fauria’s astonishing performance with three touchdown receptions set a franchise record for the Lions of most touchdowns caught in a single game by a tight-end.
Tight-end Tony Scheffler was out on the Browns game and may be out a little longer after being diagnosed with a concussion. However, Scheffler didn’t have all that thrilling of a season last year, which is partly why the Lions decided to can their tight-ends coach due to the lack of regression they saw from them.
Still, even though this year is a new and fresh one and Detroit’s off to a better start, Scheffler isn’t. He hasn’t stated a strong case for himself and really hasn’t showcased anything worth speaking of. He only has seven receptions for 82 yards with no touchdowns. Scheffler has also dropped a good amount of passes, one that could have resulted in a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings on the home opener and has let the ball slide through his fingers on some very crucial third-down drives.
It’s about time to see Fauria in the game more and allow him to develop and blossom into a threat that this offense can capitalize on than just more than when they’re in the redzone. Fauria has equaled Scheffler’s reception total and is only 16 yards shy of matching his reception yards total. Fauria also has 5 more touchdowns than Scheffler, who once again, has none. Yes, Fauria has played in one more game than Scheffler has this season; However Scheffler has taken more snaps than him and has had more game-time than him due to the fact that Fauria is limited by the coaching staff and pretty much is only used when Stafford and company are in the redzone threatening to score. It’s astounding to see how close Fauria’s stats are to Scheffler’s with him being granted such little game-time.
Detroit appears to have discovered a unique and physically gifted athlete that had flown under the radar. Fauria’s glossy stats should definitely be appreciated compared to Scheffler’s due to the obvious facts that he has played in less snaps and game-time than Scheffler and is a mammoth touchdown producer while Scheffler is not. In time and with more snaps taken, Fauria can put on more dance shows but more importantly more thrilling touchdowns, receiving yards, and can make more plays in snaps with increased game-time outside of the redzone which will allow him to blatantly state why he can and should surpass the regressing and disappointing Scheffler in Detroit’s offense.
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