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Notes: Former Lions tight end Joseph Fauria opens up about depression

The former Lions tight end spoke openly about his frustrations of a failed comeback and regular battles with depression.

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  • It was Joseph Fauria’s 28th birthday earlier in this week, and he took the time to express some of the depression he went through in this past year. The former Lions tight end tried to mount a comeback to the NFL in 2017, but it never came together. Check out his heartfelt caption below:

Did You Know? A white rose is placed on the names of the victims of 9/11 on their birthdays. Today I woke up ungrateful to see another year. Unwilling to accept the love from my friends and family. All because I was unappreciative of the progress I’ve made in my life this year. So, I went for a walk and ended up at One World Trade Center. I walked around both of the massive pools and saw the white roses at the names of the men and women I shared a birthday with. I imagined how much their families would give to celebrate just One more birthday with their loved one. Suddenly, everything else didn’t matter - all my worries and doubts were gone. Social Media is for the Highlights. It doesn’t show how tough it is for a man to devote his whole life to one sport and have it be gone in a blink of an eye. And to then invest the majority of one’s resources into trying to make a comeback only to have it not come to fruition. Depression and Anxiety are something I deal with on a daily basis. And I know I’m not the only one. There are a ton of current/former athletes out there that suffer from the same obstacles. BUT that is what they are - obstacles. Minor (some major) speed bumps on the road to success, happiness, and finding your worth without sports. I haven’t caught a pass (Touchdown Btw ) in 3 years! There is no exact formula or timeframe to accepting it’s over. But I know that when one door closes - another opens. And I am excited to begin a new chapter in my life in the entertainment industry. I recently signed with United Talent Agency and I’m excited to see what’s to come. But not without some good old fashioned hard work. I believe sharing my story with others and inviting people to share theirs will invoke positive change within myself and awareness for those around me. And if I still have your attention... This is me officially saying BRING IT THE FUCK ON 28 I’m just getting started! PS. Tell me you love me you mofos! ITS MAH BDAY

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  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell took his best guess at the Vegas win totals for the 2018 season. Barnwell believes the over/under total for the Detroit Lions will be set at... eight, the same as 2017. The highest win total in the NFC North? The Packers.

  • Dan Orlovsky broke down just what makes Matt Patricia a great defensive mind in this clip from Twitter:

He expanded on those thoughts in this article with The Athletic (subscription required).

  • Is there any chance Ezekiel Ansah or Eric Ebron is still on the Detroit Lions in 2019? Justin Rogers of The Detroit News answers this question and more in his weekly mailbag.

  • A lot of Lions fans I’ve heard from would love a shot at Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the upcoming NFL Draft. He certainly endeared himself to Detroit with this response to a Barry Sanders highlight video:

  • Today’s Highlight Reel of the Day? Glover Quin: