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Ballard, Beckum expected to start next season on PUP list

Jake Ballard AP

The Giants started the 2011 season with a number of injury problems. They will start next season with at least two players missing at the tight end position.

Speaking to the New York media Thursday, G.M. Jerry Reese indicated that he expected tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to start next season on the physically unable to perform list, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. That would keep them out of the first six weeks of the season.

Ballard and Beckum both tore ACLs during the Super Bowl. The Giants figured to bolster their tight end position this offseason, and their injuries just makes the need more obvious.

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12 Responses to “Ballard, Beckum expected to start next season on PUP list”
  1. nineroutsider says: Feb 9, 2012 3:09 PM

    That’s too bad, because Beckum has a shot at being a great receiving TE. Perhaps I am off and will get corrected by Giant fans, but from what I have seen (and I’ve seen a lot of the Giants), Beckum seems to have great raw talent. Not sure about his blocking, but he sure has the receiving skills.

    Ballard is what he is, but Beckum has big upside. Am I wrong?

  2. wave222 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:18 PM

    The long pass play to Beckum was great!!

  3. sj39 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:19 PM

    Strange, I thought the only tight end in the NFL was named Gronk.

  4. giantfan92 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:25 PM

    It’s not that the talent is not there for Beckum. He gets few opportunities, and when he does not capitalize he gets overlooked. Kinda like when the first pass thrown to Victor Cruz this year was a wide-open drop… next week we sign a new wide receiver. Beckum comes in make 1 yard on a 4th and 2… then he gets overlook and then Ballard stepped up. That sums up basically his whole career.

  5. zaggs says: Feb 9, 2012 3:25 PM

    “because Beckum has a shot at being a great receiving TE.”

    Well he was drafted the same year as Nicks. So he had a chance to supplant both Boss and Ballard as the #1 TE and never did. I think he only has 20 something receptions for his career.

  6. clavette says: Feb 9, 2012 4:19 PM

    beckum would be better on another team. giants use blocking first tight ends. im hoping they get a good one in free agency or the draft this offseason thats the whole package

  7. kajepage says: Feb 9, 2012 4:34 PM

    Agree with zaggs. He had a shot 3 years ago when he got drafted and has done absolutely nothing. It’s like saying Ramses Barden has a shot to become a starting WR. But…he doesn’t

  8. phillyphever says: Feb 9, 2012 5:31 PM

    Hmm, I wonder if the Giants might be thinking TE with the 32nd pick in the draft.

  9. vman0626 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:18 PM

    it’s amazing how these giants fans know so little about their players. here’s the lowdown on beckum:

    he comes from the dallas clark mold. a tweener with good speed and a skill set
    unique for the te position. problem is that
    he has battled constant hamstring injuries since he was drafted three years ago. then there was a problem getting on page with
    the gilbride run n shoot modernized version passing game. he has produced when
    healthy, however. which unfortunately isn’t much. the supposed giants fans have
    crucified him on nj.com for years. which
    is not a surprise since they know absolutely nothing about football.

  10. vman0626 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    forgive the composition of
    my above post. for some
    reason my posts often appear
    scattered and broken up.

  11. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    I doubt either will be on the team next season so as a fan I wish you luck and thank you for a great season

    We need to find a great tight end not a caveman like that kid in NE.

  12. nfl fan says: Feb 9, 2012 7:26 PM

    zaggs says:
    Feb 9, 2012 3:25 PM
    “because Beckum has a shot at being a great receiving TE.”

    Well he was drafted the same year as Nicks. So he had a chance to supplant both Boss and Ballard as the #1 TE and never did. I think he only has 20 something receptions for his career.
    ———————————————–
    In the words of Tom Coughlin “Beckum is Beckum”, he always had a reason why he couldn’t be on the field. He played better as the season went on, hopefully that continues upon his return. Ballard is the much better option that delivered more consistently.

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