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Joseph Fauria | Tight End

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 257

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Lions signed UCLA TE Joseph Fauria.
Fauria (6-7, 259) caught 46 balls for 637 yards (13.8 YPR) and a team-best 12 touchdowns in Jim Mora's offense in 2012. He is the nephew of former NFL tight end Christian Fauria. Thoroughly ineffective blocker, Fauria drew pre-draft comparisons to Chase Coffman, a former third-round bust who couldn't block a lick. Fauria ran 4.72 forty with a 10-foot broad jump and 35 1/2-inch vertical at UCLA's Pro Day, so at least he's a better athlete than Coffman. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 10:15:00 PM

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UCLA TE Joseph Fauria did not participate at the NFL Combine due to a groin injury.

Fauria injured his groin during the first practice at the East-West Shrine game. He noted that doctors first thought it was a groin pull then realized bone was stripped at the same time. Fauria expects to participate in the school's Pro Day.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 03:29:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that UCLA senior TE Joseph Fauria reminds him of former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman.

That isn't a very promising comparison. Coffman was selected in the third-round due to his pass catching ability but has failed to stick on a roster since, much less make an impact. Fauria's blocking is near putrid at times, but he does have receiving skills.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 01:11:00 PM

UCLA senior TE Joseph Fauria caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown Thursday against Baylor.

On his touchdown catch, Fauria started inline and worked down the seam, absorbing contact with strong hands at the catch point. As positive as that play was, Fauria's blocking was equally negative, looking more like a traffic cone on the end of the line rather than an effective blocker. He will need to be used solely as a receiver in the NFL.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 09:40:00 AM

UCLA senior TE Joseph Fauria will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

After being utilized in a H-back role during the 2011 season (and failing at it), Fauria is now lining up as a receiving tight end. Despite his lean frame, Fauria can really go up and get the football at the catch point. Expect to hear his name often during this event, especially down the seam.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 03:47:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists UCLA's Joseph Fauria as the top senior TE in his updated rankings.

According to Kiper, "Fauria presents a perpetual matchup problem" and "he makes his targets count, particularly in the red zone." The senior is blessed with great length that Jim Mora and the Bruins coaches are using effectively at the "Y" receiver spot. Fauria projects as a slot target but will likely be limited to that role due to putrid blocking.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 02:09:00 PM

After an offseason position switch from an inline or fullback alignment to the "Y" receiver position, UCLA plans to continue using senior TE Joseph Fauria as a mismatch downfield.

Fauria is off to a solid start, recording seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns. The senior was miscast last season as a blocker but head coach Jim More Jr. seems to have figured out how to set Fauria up downfield to use his height as an advantage. "He's a matchup problem down in there, where speed is not necessarily an issue, but body position and body control and height is," Mora said.
Source: LA Times
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 09:47:00 AM

UCLA senior TE Joseph Fauria finished with three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown Thursday against Rice.

Fauria finished the 2011 season with five solid outings and continued that streak in this contest. A lean tight end, Fauria saw time as the "Y" receiver, a hybrid position held by Nelson Rosario last season and he should benefit from the switch since he will not be asked to lead or trap block as often, which is where he is at his worst. The Bruins would be wise to use Fauria's height mismatch, but the senior tight end will need to be stronger at the catch point and in routes.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 09:13:00 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA senior TE Joseph Fauria offers a combination of size and athleticism that is "rare and worthy of exploiting."

The former Notre Dame transfer was finally featured last season and produced 39 catches for 481 yards and six touchdowns. Rang concedes that Fauria does not offer a speed mismatch like Jimmy Graham, instead he uses flexibility and agility to separate in route-running and flashes ball skills to make the catch at the highest point. We would hesitate to call Fauria a complete tight end because he consistently and quickly loses one on one blocking assignments, but the physical upside is there despite only nine career starts and roughness around the edges.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 08:25:00 AM

UCLA senior tight end Joseph Fauria has been practicing at the hybrid "Y" receiver position this spring.

Fauria, who transferred from Notre Dame after his freshman season, did not see many targets last year as an inline TE. Despite carrying a 6'8/252 pound frame fairly well, Fauria was asked to trap block and stay in for pass protection quite often. With Nelson Rosario gone, a similar hybrid prospect, Fauria should see an increase in targets from a variety of sets. UCLA's offensive line will need to be much improved this season to give the Bruins time to test downfield, as they were one of the worst units in the country in 2011.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 08:03:00 PM