TE Casey Fitzsimmons - Free Agent

6-3, 250Born: 10-10-1980College: Carroll (Montana)Drafted: ---

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Game Recaps

2009 Week 9 vs SEA (11 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons emerged as the #3 receiving option for the Lions, replacing Dennis Northcutt. The Lions split him out in the slot, and frequently brought him in motion to help him gain separation from the defenders that were trying to cover him. He responded well, making solid catches on short slants and sideline routes, finishing the game with six receptions for 41 yards. Fitzsimmons' biggest problem though was that he often cut his routes short, making his turn before the first down marker and he ended up killing the drive, even though he made the reception. He was inserted in place of Northcutt whose frequent drops were giving the coaching staff fits, and the fact that Fitzsimmons held on to the ball puts him in a great position to take over that #3 slot for the rest of the season.

2009 Week 12 vs GB (7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons has proven to be a solid TE during his tenure in Detroit when called upon. With starter Brandon Pettigrew knocked out of the game early, Fitzsimmons was leaned on a bit more than usual. He displayed his typical good hands and fought for extra yards when he could. All in all he finished with 5 short catches for 38 yards.

2009 Week 13 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons lined up in the slot in some packages, but saw only 10-15 snaps on the day. He made one nice catch over the middle in the second half, but seemed to be shaken up on the tackle and didn't return.

2008 Week 1 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)

Pressed into service when Campbell and Gaines were injured, Fitzsimmons made his only target count for a one yard pass and six points.

2008 Week 2 vs GB (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons saw one target in each quarter except the third. It would be a mistake, however, to think he was heavily involved in the offense or a regular receiving option. He was primarily used to assist in blocking the relentless Packer pass rush, and when he did release downfield it was on relatively short patterns.

2008 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was the fullback and snuck out of the backfield a couple of times to bring in three catches for 11 yards.

2008 Week 13 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Most of Fitzsimmons targets were when Culpepper was under pressure. Fitzsimmons appears to be safety valve or hot read for Culpepper when facing opposing blitzes.

2008 Week 15 vs IND (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

The veteran caught an eight yard pass in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter, after Kevin Smith scored a touchdown to make the score 21-19 Indianapolis, FitzSimmons scored the two point conversion to tie the game. On that play the quarterback rolled out to the right and then threw back left as Detroit set up a TE screen. After avoiding one would be tackler Fitzsimmons easily lumbered into the end zone.

2007 Week 2 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons caught one ball in the game replacing the injured Dan Campbell.

2007 Week 4 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though not involved in the passing offense, Fitzsimmons scored the final Detroit touchdown. When the Bears tried an onside kick with less than a minute to go in the game, the ball bounced to him near sidelines and he ran 41 yards into the end zone.

2007 Week 5 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Backup tight end Casey Fitzsimmons pulled in one catch in the third quarter for four yards.

2007 Week 7 vs TB (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was hardly an option whatsoever, catching just one ball late in the fourth quarter on the drive that led to the Calvin Johnson touchdown run. He did, however, make one of the game's critical plays when he recovered Tampa's last-ditch onside kick attempt.

2007 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons caught his only pass of the game early in the third quarter for ten yards and a first down.

2007 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was targeted twice over the middle and caught both balls with the longest being 22 yards.

2007 Week 17 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzimmons' first target went for a ten yard gain, but the play was wiped out do to an offensive holding penalty. His only other target came near the start of the fourth quarter, but the pass fell incomplete.

2006 Week 3 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was the intended receiver once in the first quarter but did not make the catch. He did, however, get ten yards by drawing a defensive pass interference call.

2006 Week 4 vs STL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons did not catch the one target thrown to him.

2006 Week 9 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons led the Lions tight ends, though none played an especially prominent role in the game. The formation to open the game featured H-back Scott McHugh split out, but it was apparent that Martz and the Lions did not intend on featuring any one specific tight end, as in addition to Fitzsimmons and McHugh, Dan Campbell and Marcus Pollard also caught balls.

2006 Week 15 vs GB (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

The slick tight end caught four passes for 29 yards.

2006 Week 16 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons caught the only pass meant for him. It was for short yardage and he produced minimal fantasy points.

2005 Week 2 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons entered the game in the fourth quarter after Marcus Pollard was knocked out due to an injury. He was targeted three times and caught the first two before the Bears' Lance Briggs intercepted the third.

2005 Week 4 vs TB (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons saw his only target and reception in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 5 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Fitzsimmons' only target resulted in a two yard touchdown.

2005 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was targeted in the third quarter. He made a four yard reception for a fourth down conversion on the drive that finished with Jason Hanson's 52 yard field goal.

2005 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was targeted in the first quarter, but was unable to make the catch as Garcia was just throwing the ball away.

2005 Week 9 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons was not a factor in the game with just one target and no catches.

2005 Week 11 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzsimmons made his one reception for no yardage in the third quarter.