Quarterback Carson Palmer was in the building working out Wednesday as Veldheer was arriving and signing. The former and again teammates got a chance to briefly talk in the weight room (pictured below). Palmer gave his own scouting report of Veldheer later on.
“He plays big,” Palmer said. “He’s very difficult to bull rush. He can anchor it down, but he’s quick. For being what looks like 8-feet tall, he moves really well. He moves like a shorter tackle. And he’s a monster in the run game. He mauls people. He’s a big person and he uses all that weight. Lot of power underneath.”
Both Palmer and Veldheer downplayed their previous relationship as a huge factor in Veldheer coming to Arizona, but GM Steve Keim said Palmer did tell him to go after Veldheer when it was clear Veldheer was going to hit free agency. Not that Keim needed encouragement.
– Guess we don’t have to worry about Veldheer staying in the weight room. He is co-owner of a gym in his home state of Michigan called Power Strength. Veldheer said his co-owner Mark Ehnis was praising the knowledge of new Cardinals strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris. Sounds like Veldheer will have a willing pupil there.
– Veldheer did miss 11 games last year with a triceps injury, but he said he was back to full strength and Keim quickly shot down a question about concern toward the injury. That was not a factor in the process.
– Funny moment during the Jared Veldheer press conference. Veldheer admitted “a press conference like this is not really my gig” and that’s his reputation — he’s a nice guy but he’s not looking for the spotlight. So when Keim and Bruce Arians sat down immediately after, Keim opened by saying “Bruce and I both agree that press conferences aren’t our gig either.” To which BA quickly quipped, “I love it.” And, for anyone paying attention, he clearly does.
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