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Morning Roar: Veldman goes home in debut

12/27/2013

Good morning and ROOOAAARRRR!!!!

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matt Veldman spent his first day on the full 53-man roster for the Detroit Lions on Thursday with the knowledge that his first game with the team in the pros will be somewhat familiar.

He'll be going home.

Veldman grew up in Becker, Minn., northwest of Minneapolis and played his college football at North Dakota State before doing a little bit of bouncing around the NFL -- including being in training camp with the Lions this season.

He was released by Tampa Bay earlier this month and signed to the Lions practice squad. Injuries to Brandon Pettigrew and Dorin Dickerson gave Detroit a need at the position with one week left in the season.

So Veldman now gets to make his debut at the place he likely knows better than any NFL stadium -- the Metrodome.

“He’s got good size. He was with us in training camp. He has good hands. He has some skills that we can work in and he’s a tight end," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "We are in the position now with some of the injuries that we had that we need a guy that can go in and play the position."

With only one other tight end, rookie Joseph Fauria, healthy and on the roster, it's a good bet Veldman will play Sunday against the Vikings.

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