Jared Veldheer
T #68
Offensive Line
TOTAL 106 101
2017 ARI 13 13
2016 ARI 8 8
2015 ARI 16 16
2014 ARI 16 16
2013 OAK 5 5
2012 OAK 16 16
2011 OAK 16 16
2010 OAK 16 11

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Selected by Oakland Raiders in third round (69th overall) of 2010 NFL Draft, April 23, 2010…Signed first contract, July 14, 2010.

Selected by Oakland Raiders in third round (69th overall) of 2010 NFL Draft, April 23, 2010…Signed first contract, July 14, 2010.

At a glance

  • Last name is pronounced vell-DEER.
  • A Pro Bowl candidate, has started 48 games at left tackle. Led the team with 1,078 snaps from scrimmage in 2012.
  • One of few NFL players to have started at both center and tackle, after starting in the middle in his NFL debut as a rookie.
  • Earned a spot on the 2010 All-Rookie Team, selected by Sporting News.
  • Three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection at Division II Hillsdale College, a south-central Michigan school that also produced former Browns general manager Tom Heckert, and Raiders teammate Andre Holmes.
  • In his spare time, dabbles in home brewing and woodworking.
  • Co-owns PowerStrength Training Systems in Grand Rapids, Mich. After a winter workout at the gym in 2013, received the nickname Hulk, thanks to a comic-book-like photo that went viral on the Internet.

CAREER: Reliable lineman enters fourth season as the Raiders' starting left tackle, a position he secured as a 2010 rookie...Actually started at center in his 2010 NFL debut before settling into his left-tackle role, and as a result became one of few players in recent NFL history to start at those two positions…Owns a 42-game starting streak, one of the league’s longest among left tackles…Played an important role on a front that helped the Raiders’ rushing offense rank second in the NFL in 2010, and seventh in 2011…In 2012, was the Raiders’ only player ranked among the NFL’s top 101 performers by Pro Football Focus, which said his best performance of the season came on the road against the eventual Super Bowl champion, Baltimore…Earned a spot on the Sporting News’ 2010 All-Rookie Team…A product of Division II Hillsdale College, entered the league as the Raiders’ third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2010 NFL draft.

2013: Spent the first 12 weeks on the Reserve/Injured - Designated for Return list before being activated to the active roster on 11/27...Made his season debut on 11/28 at Dallas...(11/28) at Dal.: Started at LT and played every offensive snap in his first game back from injury and was part of a line that did not allow a sack...(12/8) at NYJ: Started at LT and was part of a line that helped the offense rush for 150 yards against the league’s top-ranked rush defense...(12/15) vs. KC: Started at LT and was part of a line that did not allow a sack...(12/22) at SD: Started at LT and helped pave the way for the offense to post 265 total yards...(12/29) vs. Den.: Started at LT and helped pave the way for QB Terrelle Pryor to throw for 207 yards.

2012: Opened all 16 games at left tackle, extending his games-started streak to 42…Led the team with 1,078 snaps from scrimmage…(9/16) at Mia.: Shut down DE Cameron Wake, on a Raiders unit that did not allow a sack…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Cleared paths for Darren McFadden (113 rushing yards) in 34-31 win…(10/28) at KC: In 26-16 win, ushered McFadden to 114 rushing yards on a line that didn’t allow a sack; also threw a nice block to help spring Denarius Moore on a 58-yard bubble screen early in game…(11/18) vs. NO: Helped Marcel Reece to 103 yards on the ground…(12/16) vs. KC: Held Chiefs without a sack for only the third time all year and helped pave path for 203 rushing yards, including 110 from Darren McFadden, in 15-0 win…Elected as game-week captain prior to contest…(12/30) at SD: Helped protect Terrelle Pryor in his first NFL start, shutting out a Chargers defense that had piled up 11 sacks the week before.

2011: Started all 16 games at left tackle…Anchored a line that surrendered just 25 sacks, a franchise-best and the third-lowest total in the NFL…(9/12) at DEN: Started season-opener and helped team rush for 190 yards…Blocked for Darren McFadden, who totaled 150 yards on the ground…(9/18) at BUF: Part of an offense that totaled 454 yards and did not allow a sack…(9/25) vs. NYJ: Part of a rushing attack that totaled 234 yards on the ground…Helped McFadden rush for 171 yards…Blocked on a 1-yard touchdown dive…(10/2) vs. NE: Part of an offense that totaled 504 yards and did not allow a sack…(10/16) vs. CLE: Led a unit that earned the Week 6 Top Protectors Award presented by Hall of Fame coach John Madden…(11/10) at SD: Helped offense record 489 total yards and 191 rushing yards…Blocked for Michael Bush, who rushed for 157 yards…Blocked on a 2-yard touchdown run by Bush in the first quarter…(11/20) at MIN: Held Jared Allen, the 2011 NFL sack leader, without a sack in a Raiders victory…Snapped Allen’s 11-game sack streak…Blocked on a pair of short touchdown runs as Bush scored from 2 yards out and Carson Palmer scored on a 1-yard dive…(12/18) vs. DET: Part of an offense that totaled 477 yards…(12/24) at KC: Led an offensive line that did not concede a sack in important OT win…(1/1/12) vs. SD: Blocked for Palmer, who totaled the third-highest passing total in franchise history, 417 yards…Part of a line that did not allow a sack.

2010: Saw action in all 16 games with 11 combined starts, at center (one) and tackle (10)…Named to NFL All-Rookie Team by The Sporting News…Helped offense set a franchise record by averaging 4.9 yards per rushing attempt…Key on a line that helped set a team record with three games of 500-plus yards of total offense…(9/12) at TEN: Started at center in NFL debut…Helped McFadden to 95 yards rushing…(10/24) at DEN: Made first career start at left tackle…Part of a record-breaking performance, helping team amass 508 yards of total offense and set franchise records for points (59), touchdowns (eight) and rushing touchdowns (five)…Blocked for a running game that totaled 328 yards and helped Jason Campbell pass for 204 yards…Paved the way for McFadden to rush for 165 yards and three touchdowns…(10/31) vs. SEA: Contributed to an offense that recorded its second straight 500-yard performance …Anchored a line that enabled Campbell to pass for 310 yards and McFadden to rush for 111…Team totaled 239 rushing yards…Blocked on a 4-yard touchdown run by Bush…(12/5) at SD: Helped McFadden rush for 97 yards…Blocked on a 4-yard touchdown run by Bush …(12/12) at JAC: Blocked for McFadden’s 123-yard rushing performance…Helped spring McFadden for touchdown runs of 51 and 36 yards… Blocked for Campbell, who threw for 324 yards…(12/19) vs. DEN: Part of a unit that totaled 502 yards of offense and did not allow a sack…Helped McFadden rush for 119 yards and aided a rushing attack that totaled 264 yards on the ground…Blocked on two 1-yard touchdown dives by Bush…Also blocked on a 71-yard reverse for a touchdown by WR Jacoby Ford…(1/2/11) at KC: Helped Bush rush for 137 yards…Blocked on a 26-yard touchdown run by Bush and a 10-yard rushing score by Ford.

COLLEGE: A four-year starter, started 46 games at left tackle at Division II Hillsdale College in south-central Michigan…Three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection…An All-American in 2009, became the first Hillsdale player drafted by an NFL team since the Steelers chose WR Nate Johnson in 1980…The fifth overall Hillsdale player chosen, was the highest-drafted from his school since Green Bay picked Chester Marcol during the second round in 1972…In final two seasons, produced 216 knockdowns, 30 touchdown-resulting blocks, 16 downfield blocks and an 85.5 percent grade for blocking consistency…Blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons…As a senior, earned first-team All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report and American Football Coaches Association…The Super Region III’s top vote-getter in the balloting for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top small-college lineman…Started all 13 games at left tackle, leading a punishing ground attack that doubled its scoring output (36 touchdowns) from the previous season…Also provided stellar pass protection, giving up just two quarterback sacks on 442 pass plays…Led Chargers to a 10-3 record, as Hillsdale qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time…Team captain as a junior, earning first-team All-GLIAC honors …As a sophomore, paved the way for a ground attack that featured a 1,000-yard runner as the Chargers scored 26 times on the ground…Earned starting spot at left tackle as a freshman, blocking for running back that rushed for 1,014 yards…Business management major.

PERSONAL: Last name is pronounced vell-DEER...Married to Morgan...Nicknamed Hulk after a comic-book-like picture of him and some much smaller workout partners went viral on the Internet following an offseason session at his gym in Western Michigan...Both his dad Jim and his brother Aaron played basketball in college, the latter preceding Jared at Hillsdale College...Attended Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., earning team’s Most Valuable Lineman and all-conference honors during his senior year…Also lettered twice in basketball, leading the team to a combined 34-10 record…Older brother, Aaron, played basketball at Hillsdale College… During December 2011, volunteered with Toys For Tots at the Raider Image of Southland Mall in Hayward, Calif…Spent time at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in November 2011.

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