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.
And now, a tour of the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
If Calvin Johnson plays, that would be a bad move for Detroit, but Johnson isn't indicating things either way. The Lions signed Carlin Isles to the practice squad and he has Olympic dreams for 2016. This week's Rising/Falling and Double Coverage. A lot of guys miss practice again.
Running back Mikel Leshoure just wants the ball, be it in Detroit or not, writes Dave Birkett in the Detroit Free Press.
Rashean Mathis wants to return to Detroit next year, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.
Scott Linehan says correcting turnovers should be quarterback Matthew Stafford's focus this offseason, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.
Dave Dye of FoxSports.com looks at the highs and lows of this Lions season.