Matt Veldman
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North Dakota State

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  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on June 17, 2013.
  • Released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on June 11, 2013.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on August 27, 2012.
  • Signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 30, 2012.

PRO:Rookie tight end who missed his first NFL season due to injury.

2012:Spent his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was placed on Reserve/Injured for the duration of the regular season after suffering a torn MCL in Week 3 of preseason.

COLLEGE:Four-year letterman at North Dakota State where he was named team captain as a senior for the Bison. Career totals include 49 receptions, 584 yards and seven touchdowns.

2011:Tallied 26 receptions for 331 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Named Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention.


  • Was a finalist for the Minnesota “Mr. Football” award after playing four years at Becker (Minn.) High School for head coach Dwight Lundeen, where he doubled as a tight end and defensive lineman.
  • Finished his prep career with 49 receptions for 850 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense, as well as 10 sacks and eight tackles for loss on defense.
  • Helped lead Becker to a Minnesota Class 3A state championship as a junior in 2006.
  • Majored in marketing at NDSU.
  • Son of Gregg and Stacy Veldman.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • 0 to 60: A week of Lions news in under a minute

    Posted 7 hours ago

    Tori Petry recaps the highlights of the week in sixty seconds, presented by Comerica Bank.

  • #AskALion: Zach Zenner

    Posted Aug 26, 2015

    You submitted questions for RB Zach Zenner on social media using the hashtag #AskALion, Tori Petry asked them. In this episode, Zenner talks about his favorite football memories, his eventual med school goals and more.

  • Inside the Den: Lions Camp Week 3

    Posted Aug 26, 2015

    Watch a behind the scenes look at the final week of Detroit Lions training camp and preseason game against the Redskins

  • Zenner on the team competition

    Posted Aug 26, 2015

    RB Zach Zenner talks about the competition for him to make the roster as an undrafted rookie.

  • Fuller on his work ethic

    Posted Aug 26, 2015

    Wide receiver talks about his place in the wide receiver competition and how his strong work ethic is a major factor in his play.


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