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Lions' Joseph Fauria wants to become Jimmy Graham

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Jimmy Graham is the leading tight end in the NFL and there's no wonder other players in his position across the league look up to him. 

Detroit Lions' Joseph Fauria is one of those players, and after his first season in the NFL in 2013, he wants a similar second year boost to the one Graham produced back in 2011. 

In his second season for the New Orleans Saints, Graham took his catching tally from 31 to 99 and went to the Pro Bowl for the first time. 

Fauria had only 18 catches in his first season, however, his production in the endzone showed promise, with seven touchdowns from the 2013 rookie, meaning he caught more TD's in his rookie season than Graham. 

Both players have similar basketball backgrounds, and Fauria hopes to follow in Graham's footsteps. 

"I have a similar background to (Graham) with basketball and similar height and the way we play," he told the Lions' official team website in a phone conversation.

"I'm not calling myself Jimmy Graham, but I strive to have the kind of production he has. I think I can contribute very similarly to how he has with the Saints."

Fauria added that he still has his critics, but he feels he's improved in several areas. 

"Whether it's the old adage that Joe Fauria can't block -- which I think people that actually watched the season know I can now -- or I'm not fast enough or can't run routes.

"I just want to keep getting better at all of that and work on my own style of play. I want to be a jack of all trades but I also want to be master of what I can be master of."

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