Lions sign TE Matt Veldman

Posted by ttwentyman on June 17, 2013 – 1:28 pm

veldman-body-061713Mini-camp might be over, but Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Co. never take a break when an opportunity arises to improve the roster.

The team added another body to the tight end mix on Monday with the addition of Matt Veldman.

The Lions signed the former Jacksonville Jaguar to a contract following a workout in Allen Park on Monday.

Veldman (6-7, 255) was an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State in 2012. He signed with the Jaguars following the draft, and was going to be their third tight end had he not torn his ACL in the preseason. He spent all of last season on injured/reserve.

He was released by Jacksonville June 11 to make room for quarterback Mike Kafka.

New Lions tight ends coach Bobby Johnson was the Jaguars tight ends coach last season, therefore very familiar with what Veldman brings to the table.

Veldman had 26 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns as a senior at NDSU in 2011.

He joins Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams, and Joseph Fauria at the position on the Lions roster.

The Lions released tight end Dominique Curry to make room for Veldman on the 90-man roster.


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22 Responses to “Lions sign TE Matt Veldman”

  1. By Ken on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    No stone unturned. Keep looking and we just might get lucky and find a diamond in the rough…or maybe two diamonds in the rough.

  2. By Jerry on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    Can we please send the Lions’ team dumpster diver to New England or Baltimore instead of picking up all the castoffs from a cellar dweller like Jacksonville??? How many is that now, 4 or 5 players from them? That they seem to be fixated on the castoffs of the worst team in the league is troublesome.

  3. By Jim on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    I sure wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions pick up another Tackle in free agency or something seeing how they need more depth at that position and the uncertainty of the tackles .

  4. By John kershaw on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    we need someone to catch the a ball at tight end we didn’t have it last year

  5. By BRAD on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    More depth at TE is all well and good, more competition the better but I personally would like to see a quality veteran pick up at WR or OT like Brandon Lloyd, I have faith in Broyies but I am nervous about injuries. It would likely be expensive but not over priced, also a good deal for what he would bring production wise right away opposite Calvin. Winston also a possability

  6. By Ivofive0 on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    Y do we keeping signing all these people that have been cut and not produced anything instead of going after some accomplished in a position that we need to fill like Brandon Lloyd!! I swear these guys sign a garbage man everyday… they might as well gimme a call! smh

  7. By Moe 616 on Jun 17, 2013 | Reply

    We have to sign these type of players because we cant afford to go out and get top notch players. Stafford still needs is deal and Suh and Company are free agents next yr. I would love the free agents that have proven themselves, but knowing the business side of it I’m glad that we are still dumpster diving instead of settling for what we have. Ken I agree one might be a diamond in the rough. More and more guys come out of nowhere and make an impact in the league, so lets just hope our castoffs and no names can help get Ws.

  8. By Me on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    The NFL is becoming a poor mans basketball league

  9. By Vintage Gold on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    Sometimes the cellar dwellers are just that because they cut the better players. This TE might be something if our coach thought he was worth grabbing amidst all the other TE’s on the roster, go for it. And all I hear about Lloyd is locker room cancer. Nuff with those players.

  10. By Greg on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    We have to remember that a lousy team doesn’t always mean a lousy player. I seem to recall a team in 2008 that went 0-16 with a player named Calvin Johnson on their roster. Probably not a fair comparison but it gives meaning to the phrase “one player a team does not make” Maybe this guy is one of those diamond in the rough guys that Ken was talking about! GO LIONS!!

  11. By Ryan on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think it’s a good move. Obviously his old coach liked him and by signing a cast off from a horrible team you get him at a good price. Then you can have room to negotiate if he does good or you can easily move on if he doesn’t. We all know that some of the best players were no names at one point. Besides you build a great team out of hungry teachable players that have something to prove not from established players. Just look to the NBA at the Lakers this year.

  12. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    If Matt Veldman can hang onto passes which hit his hands, he’ll already be the best TE on the roster.

  13. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Ivofive0: At this time of year, there are no great / awesome / HoF type players available. The best you can hope for is unproven raw talent and hope you can coach them up. The second best is trying to find an over the hill veteran trying to cash in for a final pay check. That cashing in means big money for a player who might no longer be worth anything. Given the choice, I would take the gamble on unproven talent. At worse, they don’t make the 53 man roster. At best, they become the diamond. That’s how you find diamonds in the rough. You look at all the bad stones and scrape a little off the surface to see what’s underneath. You throw away all the junk and keep anything that might shine.

  14. By Jon on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    Why sign tight ends? I don’t get it, Stafford hardly ever throws to the TE, except Pettegrew, on the first option. He never check down throws to a TE. Basically, Detroit is signing guys they don’t need.

  15. By Rebelyankee on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    Better depth is better in a next man up scenario. Pett may be gone soon but I feel positive we have the players needed to take his spot when and if he does go.
    Sp-teams will see a benefit from this and the rest that can will go to the practice squad.

  16. By Dan on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply


  17. By Mike Barnett on Jun 19, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t care how good a player is or how he look’s. You don’t know what your going to get until the game is played, and then you can see if they are Play Maker’s or not. Deeeetroit Football

  18. By brad on Jun 19, 2013 | Reply

    Signing more TE or whatever floats the coaches boat is all well and good but I still see areas of need. I have all the confidence in the world for Broyles if he stays healthy which I really hope is the case but it is also a good chance that he ends up injured again. After all, every single lions fan knows the history of injury-prone guys on our beloved team. I would like to see them go after another solid veteran like Brandon Lloyd. He would be guaranteed production opposite Calvin which is exactly what we need, not more slots, might be a little on the expensive side but not over priced with as long as he has already been available. Another good vet would be Winston at OT but not as urgent as a #2 WR. GO LIONS

  19. By Curtis Gwin on Jun 21, 2013 | Reply

    Last year so many drives were stymied by a dropped pass or missed assignment by the starting tight end that it soon became difficult to say who was the starter has TE’s were rotated in and out of the lineup. Hopefully someone will step up this year, a sure pair of hands is greatly needed !!!

  20. By Don on Jun 22, 2013 | Reply

    We go thru as many players as we can until we feel we have the Best Players for the Position!
    I love Pettigrew as far as a good tight end and believe that he will snap out of whatever that was last year. However If he doesn’t snap out of it fast he may have to do that on another team. I wanted Pettigrew when we picked him.
    and Scheffler is a Very Good TE also I don’t care what he dropped.
    However if he doesn’t produce then off to another team, which I fear could be One of our rivals and that part does not make me very happy seeing how shef is one of our own Michigan men! I love having all the players that we have that are home grown. I also am very happy about those players that have came here and made this their TEAM!
    Any way, we have to keep on trying to get the right men for the job, This guy didn’t get the chance to prove what he could do so one of his coach’s that may have seen some good qualities in him is bringing him in for another try.
    What is wrong with that? And these 7′ ft. Men coming in and trying out is OK with me. If they can block, run and catch, and do it consistently and at the very least even a little better than the last player then so be it!

  21. By Bruce on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Matt is an excellent tight end. He didn’t come from a FBS school, but a FCS championship team that won the national championship in 2011 and 2012. He has all the physical and mental ability to succeed in NFL. Don’t criticize the guy until you see him play. A lot of trash written about him before you seen him or saw him played. I believe the team got a diamond that will shine.

  22. By straw walker on Jul 20, 2013 | Reply

    The receiving core had a melt down last year. A run support blocking and inside consistant, throw and catch TE is what Lions need.

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