The Seahawks have signed 5'10, 183 lb WR Justin Veltung. The speedy receiver and kick returner shined (shone?) in the Rookie Mini-Camp a few weeks back and despite only catching six passes for 166 yards last season for the Idaho Vandals, impressed the coaching staff at the VMAC.
Per Eric Williams, Veltung caught the eye of Seahawks wide 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."
Speed has never been an issue for the 5-10, 183-pound Veltung. He ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.46 seconds at his pro day. Veltung also finished as Idaho's all-time leader in kick return yardage (1,743), so he adds some versatility with his ability to return punts and kicks. "Obviously I'd like to get signed by the Hawks, and just become the best player I can, honestly," Veltung said. "And if I don't make it here, make it somewhere. But I'd love to make it here overall, with the hometown team."
I would assume, based on his college stats, that Veltung's specialty is in the kicking game so he'll get a long look in that role as well.
The Seahawks now have 13 receivers on their 90-man roster - Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Chris Harper, Stephen Williams, Charly Martin, Phil Bates, Jermaine Kearse, Brett Swain, Bryan Walters, and Matt Austin. That's a lot of receivers. The team hasn't announced any corresponding moves but if they do plan to also sign Jake Bscherer as well, someone will have to be released (Josh Portis getting waived had opened up a spot on the roster).
Here's his highlight vid from Idaho.
Also, here's another standing box jump video, because apparently they're all the rage these days.