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Lions TE Fauria gets into end zone, then draws attention for TD dances

  • Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates his 1-yard touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates his 1-yard touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates  after a 10-yard touchdown catch, his third of the game, against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates after a 10-yard touchdown catch, his third of the game, against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria celebrates after a 23-yard touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria celebrates after a 23-yard touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

Joseph Fauria's choreographed end zone dances have earned him fans all over the Internet and even in Hollywood.

That's not what impresses the Detroit Lions most. They are fondest of how the tall tight end can stretch a defense.

The NFL's other 31 front offices might be wondering why he wasn't worth drafting earlier this year.

The 6-foot-7 Fauria had three catches in Sunday's 31-17 win at Cleveland — all for touchdowns. His second, a 23-yarder from quarterback Matthew Stafford, gave Detroit the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.

The three touchdown catches are the most for a Lions tight end since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

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