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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
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals placed LT Jared Veldheer on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.
Coach Bruce Arians described Veldheer's ankle as "cracked." The Cardinals' normal right tackle, Veldheer had shifted to the left following D.J. Humphries' season-ending knee injury. Rookie fifth-rounder Will Holden will finish the year on the blindside. Like most Cardinals offensive linemen, Veldheer was mired in a bad season before going down. Due a $500,000 roster bonus in addition to his $6.5 million salary in the final year of his contract next season, it's possible Veldheer isn't brought back. He's slowly fallen out of favor in the desert. Dec 11 - 2:11 PM

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The Cardinals are moving Jared Veldheer back to left tackle.

D.J. Humphries (dislocated kneecap) is out for the year, so the Cardinals are making a switch many observers hoped would happen when Humphries went down early in the season. John Wetzel will take over at right tackle. Veldheer's natural position is left tackle. The Cardinals' offense remains a dumpster fire with inaccurate Drew Stanton at quarterback.
Nov 10 - 2:42 PM

Cardinals RT Jared Veldheer admitted he had to take a personal day away from the team and contemplated his playing future last week.

Veldheer acknowledged he did so immediately after results of a recent study showed 110-of-111 brains of former NFL players donated to scientific research showed CTE. Ravens C John Urschel immediately called it quits last week the day the study was revealed to the public. "There was some stuff going on and I was just trying to process it all," Veldheer said. "I just kind of needed a second to regroup and reflect." Veldheer has returned to the squad and will make $6.5 million this year. He surely wasn't the only one thinking about the "R word" after the study.
Aug 2 - 8:57 AM

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

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

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