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Seahawks sign WR Justin Veltung

Post by Eric Williams on May 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm with 16 Comments »
May 23, 2013 3:12 pm
Idaho wide receiver Justin Veltung (24) finds a wide open Hawaii back field after making a pass reception in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game  Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Idaho wide receiver Justin Veltung (24) finds a wide open Hawaii back field after making a pass reception in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

According to the NFL’s daily transactions report, the Seattle Seahawks signed University of Idaho and Puyallup High product receiver Justin Veltung to the team’s 90-man roster.

At 5-10 and 183 pounds, Veltung first caught the team’s eye at Seattle’s local pro day in April before this year’s draft.

Veltung also participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp as a tryout player, making several nice catches that grabbed the attention of the team’s coaching staff, including head coach Pete Carroll and receivers coach Kippy Brown.

“He’s a smart guy,” Brown said. “He knows what to do. He doesn’t make very many mistakes, and so far he’s been real reliable catching the football. So we’ll see.”

Slowed during his senior season at the University of Idaho because of a turf toe issue, Veltung didn’t garner much attention by NFL scouts leading up to this year’s draft.

In eight games, Veltung finished with just 16 catches for 166 yards for the Vandals.

Speed has never been an issue for the 5-10, 183-pound Veltung. He ran a 4.46-second, 40-yard time at is pro day.

Veltung also finished as Idaho’s all-time leader in kick return yards (1,743), so he adds some versatility with his ability to return punts and kicks.

Check out Veltung’s athleticism in the video below.

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Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. banosser says:

    Lemme be the first to say… suck it Aaron Curry..

  2. Jusjamn says:

    Now that was an impressive video! He appears to float.

  3. jboard1 says:

    Jesus H!! That is suuper impressive.

  4. sluggo42 says:

    Huh?
    Big deal, I could do that with a small step stool, unless it breaks when I slip off the side and break 3 ribs doing so…

  5. sluggo42 says:

    But seriously, tough group to crack into right now…
    I wonder if dougie fresh files could do that?

  6. chrisj122 says:

    His vertical jump is sick!!!
    At 5-10 he will need some huge hops to out leap some of the bigger DB’s.

  7. chuck_easton says:

    Maybe won’t get much mention in the States but BMW just signed with the Toronto Argonauts.

    He’s in for a bit of a shock. A WR up here makes maybe 50k a year.

  8. chrisj122 says:

    Wow, what kind of revenue does the CFL pull in?
    I know it’s nowhere near NFL revenue but 50k, really?

    In some states you would need a job in the off-season just to live comfortably.

  9. I think the punt returner job is available…..

  10. chuck_easton says:

    Chrisj,

    The salary cap for each CFL team is 4 million.

    45 players on the roster.

    Highest paid player is usually the QB and they only make around 400K a season.

    And most of the CFL players do have jobs in the offseason.

    One DB for the Stampeders is a mortgage broker. Another I know works for an investment firm. He goes to work in the morning, leaves for practice around noon, and gets back to the office around 4pm.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    Thanks Chuck,

    That’s crazy, as said earlier I knew the pay was quite a bit lower for CFL players but I really didn’t think it was that drastic of a difference.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    400K a season? Is that all? Not a bad way to make a decent income, imo.

    Hell even the lesser income players,(in the CFL) are doing better then the average folk.

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    Jameson Konz also had a 50 something inch vert.

  14. Ewalters7354 says:

    Sorry it was 46 inches

  15. It would be good to hear if Veltung is particularly good at punt returns.

  16. klm008… that’s what I was thinking. and if Veltung sticks as a PR, Golden Tate may look a bit less important to this team come next offseason.

    Veltung’s college stats:
    Punt Returns
    26 for 217 yds, 8.3 yd avg, 2TD
    Kickoff Returns
    78 for 1743 yds, 22.3 yd avg, 2TD

    Golden Tate’s college stats:
    Punt Returns
    26 for 287 yds, 11.0 yd avg, 1TD
    Kickoff Returns
    44 for 909 yds, 20.7 yd avg, 0TD

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