Veldman, like many Lions players, is a former Jacksonville Jaguar. He signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State in 2012, and he spent the entire season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the preseason.
Veldman has a connection to the Lions in the form of tight ends coach Bobby Johnson. Johnson held the same position in Jacksonville last year, so he got a chance to coach Veldman. Clearly he liked what he saw, and with Veldman being released by the Jaguars last week, the Lions decided to bring him in.
The Lions, which have not yet announced a corresponding move, now have six tight ends on their roster: Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams, Joseph Fauria, Dominique Curry and Veldman.