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Detroit Lions: Four tight ends a possibility, including 2 rookies

While the spotlight has been on the offensive line and the wide receivers, there’s been strong competition among the tight ends during Detroit Lions training camp too.

Veterans Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler return and each is in his final contract year. 

Pettigrew is coming off a season where he dropped eight passes. He also fumbled four times, losing two.

Scheffler’s production was down in 2012 but that wasn’t entirely his fault.
Will Heller, known primarily for his blocking was not brought back.

So there was at least one opening. The Lions drafted Michael Williams (6-foot-6, 270) in the seventh round out of Alabama. His strength was blocking but he had caught a few passes too.

Then they signed undrafted 6-foot-7 rookie free agent Joe Fauria who had played many receiver positions at UCLA, but had not played tight end. He called himself an eight-h-round draft pick and was motivated as any undrafted player is - maybe more. Biggest of his height and ability to catch balls, he's a red zone threat.

So there you go.

Along the way, they signed others including Matt Veldman and Cameron Morrah who were cut on Tuesday.

So now we’re at four.

The Lions’ decision may be put on hold because Williams has a broken right hand, suffered in the win over the Patriots, that will sideline him for at least a few weeks. There’s a possibility he could be the one who will be placed on short-term injured reserve to start the season.

If he’s not, the Lions could keep four tight ends, there’s no rule that says they must keep three.

That’s my guess. Williams and Fauria both qualify for the practice squad but first they would have to clear waivers and neither one would.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me see if I have this right Paula. Michael Williams was a 7th round pick. Joe Fauria went totally undrafted out of football weak sister UCLA and had never even played tight end before. Both wound up with the lowly Lions. Yet you think neither would clear waivers? They been holding your head underwater at the boat club again?

1:50 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Anonymous. Tell us how you really feel. Something tells me your problem isn't with the article, here. But let's clear up a few things, shall we?

The Lions are favourites to place second in the division. The Lions were at the playoffs two years ago.

In addition, a fair number of other places have pointed out that Fauria probably wouldn't clear waivers, and should have been taken earlier.

Also, to undermine your basic premise, a lot of teams have been picking up Lions castoffs.

But of course, other than your obvious focus on some other issue, your ignorance of the fact that it's a widely held position, and the fact that other teams HAVE been picking up players from "the lowly Lions" castoffs, you're completely right. Well done.

3:52 AM 
Anonymous Blaise said...

Anonymous. Good choice. Better than using your real name and branding yourself a moron. It's the general consensus that neither of these guys would clear waivers.
Come back when you actually know how the NFL works.

3:29 PM 

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