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Matt Veldman
TE #85
Height:
6-7
Weight:
255
College:
North Dakota State
Experience:
2

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • 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.

PERSONAL:

  • 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

  • NFL Combine: DT Xavier Cooper

    Posted 21 hours ago

    Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his decision to leave school early for the draft and his days playing soccer.

  • Pre-draft visit: DT Xavier Cooper

    Posted 21 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Washington State DT Xavier Cooper on his pre-draft visit to the Lions facility in Allen Park.

  • TORI AND TIM: Suh's future without franchise tag

    Posted Mar 2, 2015

    Tori Petry and Tim Twentyman discuss what declining to franchise tag Ndamukong Suh means for the Lions and how it affects the chances of Suh staying in Detroit.

  • Will Suh stay? Experts weigh in

    Posted Mar 1, 2015

    Monday's franchise tag deadline is quickly approaching. Hear what Chris Mortensen, Albert Breer and John Clayton had to say at the NFL Combine about whether or not Suh is worth the price tag for the Lions to keep him.

  • Lions pioneer alumni support group, "Peer Pride"

    Posted Feb 28, 2015

    Tori Petry reports on the unique peer support program the Lions have created to help guide alumni through the challenges that come with retiring from football.

Photos

  • Darryl Tapp

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    Tapp had 17 tackles and a half sack.
  • Dan Orlovsky

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    In the preseason, Orlovsky completed 36 of 57 passes for 355 yards.
  • Andre Fluellen

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    Fluellen had 10 tackles and two sacks.
  • Cassius Vaughn

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    Vaughn recorded 18 tackles and two interceptions.
  • Jeremy Ross

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    Ross caught 24 balls for 314 yards and a touchdown.