“A monster” in Veldheer

Posted by Darren Urban on March 12, 2014 – 6:25 pm

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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  1. By Dr. G. on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – We can all be thankful for Veldheer’s healed ((no concern)) condition as you report. I would have thought an MRI would have been called; perhaps it was. Levi played a number of games before his Triceps re-injured. I am a little over the top on this concern probably, but it has been a very long time since the LT position has had a permanent starter who can get it done. I thought Sowell was very serviceable there. He will continue to be a good player for us.

    Now, let’s not draft a left-handed QB again to skew things! There will be high expectations for Veldheer, and it appears he will be the best LT the Cards start for a long time… This fixes a bunch of things, perhaps single-digit INT’s now for the full season of 2014…Palmer’s best is 12… I might take that…no more.

    Congratulations Jared! The fans will love you…..

  2. By Dr. G. on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    Happy! Happy! This guy makes Keim look like a 12-year-old in this pix! Now CC has someone who can finally look him straight in the eye! Winston is close ((6’7″)) if we can keep him. Keim is doing a fantastic job with the Bird Gang….

  3. By Dave Chaney on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    The Cardinal organization is consistently moving in the right direction. My impression is there is a “win at all costs” philosophy taking hold. What a wonderful feeling, to know we will be strong contenders in the NFL’s strongest division. The left side of our line with Veldheer and Cooper should be awesome!

  4. By Davemaham on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    Thank you Keim. We’re going to have the best left side of the line in football. If not next year, very soon. Ellington is a lucky man. And Carson of course.

    I’m most interested now to see who our third receiver will be. Hopefully a rookie.

  5. By Leeskicitizen on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G., There appears to be a huge difference in personal work ethic in caring for the physical body between Brown and Veldheer. Soft tissue injuries heal much faster with superior nutrition and proper rehabilitation exercises, something that Jared apparently employs on a regular basis. This professional care of the body may also explain why Jared misses so few games due to injury and will most likely remain effective throughout his full contract.

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    OMG… what a large human being. Tough and a nice guy. Home run Cardinals. WOW!!!

  7. By Coach K on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    It’s amazing what one quality left tackle can mean for an offense. This is going to be BIG for ball control, time of possession, etc. Giving Palmer a clean pocket with time to find his receivers is going to be like watching a pin ball machine rack up points.

  8. By Coach K on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    I was driving down the hill from Prescott today and saw a large mountain as I drove into town. I never noticed it before. I think they called it “Mount Veldheer”.
    LOL All kidding aside, I’m pumped about this guy.

  9. By Dr. G. on Mar 12, 2014 | Reply

    Leeskicitizen – On personal rehab ethic… That is why teams have all the medical people and trainers to ensure a man goes in the right direction. But as you say, you gotta want it. Veldheer seems to want to “work” and perform… Levi? I won’t pick on him ‘cuz I don’t know about his rehab ethic… there is a degree of accountability maintained, to be sure. Depending upon the degree of tearing, this triceps injury will not mend “properly” without surgery… It won’t just heal up with time.

    I think we all agreed some time ago that Levi took his critique with class. His mobility and instincts were at question. He never seemed the same…. Be well…

  10. By Eazy E on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    He better produce with all the hype he’s getting. I like him but…

  11. By Big Ken on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    Life is good. Opportunistic signings. Keep them coming..

  12. By tonytrujillo on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    The first game Veldheer plays and does well, Reggie should be fired the next day. He is a POS for choosing players for the Raiders. Season hasn’t even started and we are losing already!!!

  13. By AzDesertRat1953 on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    That is an Xtra-Large Man!

    Watch some videos of this guy, he IS a Monster! He is Big and Fast with the hitting power of a Solid brick wall.
    I can not wait to see if the combo of Copper and Veldeheer just wipes out the left side for Ellington or even Williams.

    Have not seen this kind of raw power on a Cards o-line in a while, this is going to be fun to watch.

    Way to go Guys!

    GO CARDS!!!

  14. By Dr. G. on Mar 13, 2014 | Reply

    Trujillo – Maybe it’s time to change teams to the Cards! We would welcome you… Now watch this post to nuts! G’day

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