The Giants are going to need to add a couple of tight ends this offseason.
While the team was wrapping up their dual celebrations in Manhattan and East Rutherford on Tuesday afternoon, they announced that tight end Jake Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Super Bowl. Ballard was helped off the field and cameras caught him on the sideline as he tried to run, an attempt that ended with a spill into the arms of a member of the team’s medical staff. The team made the announcement via Twitter without any treatment details, but Ballard, who also has a partially torn PCL in his other knee, will have to have surgery and face a long rehab that will keep him out of action for quite a while.
The same is true of Ballard’s fellow tight end Travis Beckum, who also tore an ACL during the victory over the Patriots. Having the injury so late in the year means that the Giants can’t really count on either player for the start of next season. That should make tight end a priority for the champs during free agency and the draft as Bear Pascoe is the only other tight end currently on the roster.