It's not the situation he envisioned after a breakout rookie season, but Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria is making the best of it.
Undrafted out of UCLA, the 6-foot-7 Fauria quickly emerged as one of Detroit's top threats in the red zone last season, catching seven touchdown passes. When the team hired Joe Lombardi to run the offense this offseason, Fauria had visions of developing into Detroit's version of Jimmy Graham, only to see that bubble burst by the selection of Eric Ebron in the first round of the NFL draft.
The coaching staff has insisted Fauria will continue to have a significant role this season. With the way he's performing in the early stages of his second training camp, they'll have a hard time justifying not finding snaps for the gregarious pass catcher.
Fauria could still be used in the red zone, but that would only make him useful in scoring-only leagues and even that's risky to play him above any of our other TEs ranked in the top-10.