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Jared Veldheer | Tackle | #68

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 321
College: Hillsdale
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (69) / OAK
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Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer is shifting to right tackle for 2017, with D.J. Humphries sliding in on the blindside.
"I wouldn’t categorize it as easy or hard," Veldheer said of the transition. "I think it’s just getting to the point where you can get that muscle memory. Your body, after doing it for years and years on one side, wants to take that position when you’re telling it to go block somebody." Veldheer has been an excellent signing since arriving in 2014, though his play has leveled off. Humphries, who missed his entire 2015 rookie season with injury, was hardly elite last year, but coach Bruce Arians is evidently ready to throw in with his upside. It's not a particularly high-risk move since Veldheer can always kick back over if Humphries struggles. May 15 - 2:24 PM

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The Cardinals are considering moving Jared Veldheer to right tackle for 2017.

Veldheer has been Carson Palmer's blindside protector since 2014, but the Cardinals are evidently sky-high on 2015 first-rounder D.J. Humphries. Veldheer missed the final eight games of 2016 with a torn triceps, but was having a decent campaign before going down. Veldheer has been solid, if unspectacular, since leaving Oakland. Veldheer would immediately slide in as a starter on the right side even if he lost his job on the left.
Feb 2 - 8:54 PM

Cardinals placed LT Jared Veldheer on injured reserve with a torn triceps, ending his season.

It's his second torn triceps in four years. Veldheer's 2013 tear was to his right triceps. This one is the left. It's devastating news for the floundering Cardinals, as Veldheer is one of the better left tackles in football and Carson Palmer was already having serious protection issues. John Wetzel, a fourth-year UDFA who has made one career start, will take over on the blindside. Going on 30, Veldheer is signed through 2018.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 03:17:00 PM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer requires surgery for a partially torn triceps.

Yikes. It's the second torn triceps of Veldheer's career. The first cost him the first 11 games of the 2013 season. This one will probably knock him out for the rest of the year. It's the worst possible news for a Cardinals offensive line that couldn't keep Carson Palmer upright in Carolina. Fourth-year UDFA John Wetzel filled in against the Panthers, and will probably get the assignment coming off the Cardinals' Week 9 bye. The season is on the brink in Arizona.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer suffered a triceps injury Week 8 against the Panthers.

GM Steve Keim the team is still assessing the extent of the injury, but losing Veldheer for any amount of time would be a big blow. John Wetzel filled in on the left side after Veldheer left Week 8.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:10:00 AM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer is done for the day in Week 8 with an arm injury.

Veldheer protects Carson Palmer's blind side. John Wetzel has come on. As of seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, Palmer had absorbed seven sacks.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer agreed to convert $6 million of his base salary into a signing bonus.

The move creates $4 million in cap space for the Cardinals, space they will use to fit Larry Fitzgerald's and Carson Palmer's extensions under the cap. Veldheer remains one of the better left tackles in the league.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 09:21:00 AM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer gained 20-30 pounds this offseason.

Coach Bruce Arians thought Veldheer got bull-rushed too often in 2015. "His first year he was a mountain. Last year he was a pole," Arians quipped. Veldheer's play didn't appear to slip on the surface, but he did cough up six sacks after allowing only one in 2014. Veldheer turned 29 in June. He's signed through 2018.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday.

It's a sign Veldheer isn't dealing with a high-ankle sprain. He's now on track to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, but coach Bruce Arians is "hopeful" he'll be available for Week 14.

Veldheer didn't miss a snap in Atlanta, which is a good sign for his odds of suiting up against the Chiefs. In the first season of a five-year, $35 million deal, Veldheer has been one of the league's very best tackles after inexplicably being allowed to walk by the Raiders.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:22:00 PM

New Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer has yet to allow a sack through five games.

Veldheer allowed one sack in five games last year in Oakland, and has allowed five total since the beginning of the 2012 season. "He just doesn't get beat," said Carson Palmer. "And he's been technically sound." 2011 Cardinals LT Levi Brown allowed 11 sacks. 2012 LT D'Anthony Batiste coughed up 12, and 2013 Cardinals LTs Brown, Bradley Sowell combined to allow 11. Needless to say, Veldheer has been a breath of fresh air on the Arizona quarterbacks' blind side.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 01:55:00 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says letting Jared Veldheer walk "wasn't about finances," and that "the kid didn't want to play for the Raiders anymore."

"I struggled with that," McKenzie admitted. It's a delicate situation when a player wants to walk, but at least publicly, Veldheer said he wanted to remain a Raider. Speaking in early February, Veldheer expressed bafflement at the Raiders' lukewarm efforts to re-sign him. Even if Veldheer was maneuvering behind the scenes to escape Oakland, McKenzie still held all the cards thanks to the franchise tag. If he truly wanted to retain Veldheer, there was nothing stopping him.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 06:41:00 PM

Cardinals agreed to terms with LT Jared Veldheer, formerly of the Raiders, on a five-year, $35 million contract.

Veldheer's signing with Arizona was one of the worst kept secrets over tampering weekend. He'll slide in on Carson Palmer's blindside, replacing the underwhelming duo of Bradley Sowell and Nate Potter. Veldheer is an elite pass protector and is built like the Hulk. He'll have his hands full in the NFC West with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith, and the number of Seahawks pass rushers.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:13:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Cardinals are expected to sign free agent LT Jared Veldheer to a contract worth $7 million to $7.5 million per year.

As Eugene Monroe is expected to land $8.5 million to $9 million from the Ravens, Branden Albert $9.5 million in Miami, and Rodger Saffold $8 million annually via the Raiders, we'd like this number and player as the best fit on the left tackle market. It's very possible Cardinals QB Carson Palmer put in good words for Veldheer, his former blindside protector in Oakland. Veldheer, 27 in June, is the youngest of the group with the best run-pass block combination.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals are "very interested" in free agent LT Jared Veldheer.

Just connecting dots, it appears the Cardinals have moved on from Branden Albert, who was originally their top free-agent target but now seems destined for Miami. Veldheer would be a better signing as far as we're concerned. He's three years younger than Albert with less of an injury track record, and has long been a superior run blocker. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie surprisingly didn't franchise tag Veldheer, and Oakland is now very much at risk of losing him.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Trevor Knight
RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3Kerwynn Williams
4T.J. Logan
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Marquis Bundy
5Krishawn Hogan
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
5Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
3Jonathan McLaughlin
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
4Lucas Crowley
RG1Evan Boehm
2Dorian Johnson
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson