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Jake Ballard could be back in the league soon

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Two years ago, tight end Jake Ballard seemed to have a bright NFL future.  Undrafted out of Ohio State in 2010, he became a significant contributor to the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl run.

A torn ACL during the Super Bowl derailed his career, ultimately resulting in the Patriots pilfering him from the waiver wire as the Giants tried to slip Ballard through to a reserve list in 2012.

Come 2013, Ballard wasn’t deemed to be good enough to help the tight end hungry Patriots, and so he was cut.  He could soon be returning to the game.

Per a league source, Ballard has spent the last four weeks working with trainers and medical professionals to get back to 100 percent.  Teams have wanted to bring him in, but he has resisted.

Later this week, he plans to pick a team.  Assuming that there is a current suitor for his services.

In 2011, Ballard had 38 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 14 regular-season games.  He added five catches for 43 yards in the postseason.

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14 Responses to “Jake Ballard could be back in the league soon”
  1. tedmurph says: Oct 15, 2013 10:21 AM

    He wasn’t physically ready to play in training camp with the Pats, he was limping thru practices. I wonder if the Pats have a handshake deal with him to come back when healthy, since they were the only NFL team to pay his 2012 salary when the Giants put him on waivers. They could use him, with this Gronk thing dragging on an no guarantee he’ll be the same player if/when he comes back.

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 15, 2013 10:32 AM

    He looked like total garbage in Patriots training camp and pre-season. For his sake I hope he just needed more time to recover.

  3. titansbro says: Oct 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    Good for him. The Pats kinda screwed him.

  4. sanderscm2 says: Oct 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    Can he block? If so, how does Miami sound Jake?

  5. texasdyack says: Oct 15, 2013 10:50 AM

    houston should at least give him a tryout

  6. jbl429 says: Oct 15, 2013 11:01 AM

    Giants should give him a call and end the Brandon Myers experiment.

  7. fakegregbrinda says: Oct 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Oct 15, 2013 10:32 AM
    He looked like total garbage in Patriots training camp and pre-season. For his sake I hope he just needed more time to recover.
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    Heh. He didn’t look like garbage when he helped the Giants win a Super Bowl, so it’s not like there’s some mystery as to he plays when healthy. He’s probably not a Pro Bowl talent, but he can be a starter and significant contributor for a winning team.

    I can’t think of a valid reason to root against the guy.

    Maybe Indianapolis should look at him to fill Dwayne Allen’s absence. Kansas City is another possibility, especially if Atlanta doesn’t want to deal Gonzalez.

  8. cliverush says: Oct 15, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Pats could use a few bodies but from what was observed in their training camp in appeared he did not possess very much lower body strength or agility. He was having a difficult time moving around the tackling dummies in warm ups and did not have any sort of surge coming off the three point.

  9. tsuscrumhalf says: Oct 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    Hello Baltimore!

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 15, 2013 12:04 PM

    I don’t even remember this guy when he played at the Ohio State University.

  11. justintuckrule says: Oct 15, 2013 1:10 PM

    No thanks. Wayyyyy too slow. Only excelled on our team as a 4th option because in 2011 our line actually knew how to pass block long enough for nicks and Cruz to run off dbs down the field. I’d rather the giants join the new millennium and grab a basketball player turned TE

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    He can come on right back to the Giants, because Myers can’t block NOR catch.

  13. laxcoach37 says: Oct 15, 2013 9:16 PM

    Miami will never know how good it could have been with Dustin Keller, but Clay has done very well and Dion Sims can block, so I doubt he is a Dolphin. My guess is Chiefs, Pats Jets in that order. I hope he can find a team and make an impact. Im pretty sure the Colts are happy with Coby Fleener and use very few 2 TE sets.

  14. pabrownsfan says: Oct 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    If he is healthy I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Cleveland but Weedon doesn’t throw to the good tight end he has.

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