Matt Veldman
TE #85
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

  • Ngata on the defensive line

    Posted 8 hours ago

    Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata talks about the talent along the defensive line

  • 1 on 1 with NFL UK's Neil Reynolds

    Posted 8 hours ago

    Sky Sports reporter Neil Reynolds traveled from the U.K. to cover Lions' practice on Tuesday, and Tori Petry talked to him about the fan base overseas and the team's upcoming return to London.

  • Warford on the offensive line

    Posted 9 hours ago

    Lions offensive guard Larry Warford discusses the talent across the offensive line.

  • Levy on the defense

    Posted 9 hours ago

    Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy on the defense's identity for this upcoming season.

  • Pettigrew on the upcoming season

    Posted 9 hours ago

    Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew talks about his expectations for the upcoming season and what he expects out of Eric Ebron in his second NFL season.


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