It feels like I've been the driver of the Joseph Fauria bandwagon for a couple weeks now. I've written about him several times because he has characteristics rarely found in undrafted free agents.
Truth is he has first- or second-round talent, so the Lions were very fortunate to sign him. He's got the size, length, speed and athleticism that are highly sought after in NFL tight ends these days.
That's because those characteristics give him the ability to both stretch the field and be a red-zone threat.
Despite all that, there is no guarantee he'll make the roster.
The problem for the Lions is that they have three tight ends ahead of him and there's little to no chance they'd keep four on the roster.
Keeping him would mean that they're ready to cut ties with a veteran, most likely Tony Scheffler, who has played well.
Placing Fauria on the practice squad is no solution either. There is surely one team out there willing to sign him to their active roster.
The Lions will have a difficult decision to make because more than anyone else on this list, Fauria could make a big impact—this season.
The one thing the offense missed last year was a secondary red-zone threat opposite Calvin Johnson. No receiver or tight end stepped up to fill that role.
At 6'7", and with catchers mitts for hands, Fauria has the attributes to be an absolutely dominating receiver in the red zone.