Veldman, an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of South Dakota State, didn't see regular season action for the Jaguars last year due to an MCL injury in the preseason. He worked with Bobby Johnson, current Lions' tight end coach who joined Detroit after serving Jacksonville in the same capacity.
With plenty of bodies at the position, don't expect Veldman to make a big impact or even have an easy time making the roster. Already in the fold are Michael Williams and Joseph Fauria, each of whom might have a better chance of sticking on the roster as young tight ends. Still, with a former position coach that believes in him, there could be some type of role for Veldman in Detroit, perhaps on special teams.
Winning With Winston?
As the Lions continue their exhaustive search for positional upgrades, don't be surprised if they reach out to other veteran free agents still on the market. One such name they should keep on the radar, according to Nate Davis of USA Today, is offensive tackle Eric Winston.
Winston, released by the Kansas City Chiefs in March and also one time member of the Houston Texans, is one of the top offensive linemen still available. Davis says his best fit is the Lions, who still need capable depth up front. Despite his expense, which is rumored to be near $3-4 million dollars, Davis says Winston might be snapped up after a camp injury affects a team closer to August.
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