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Jake Ballard

Jake Ballard - #88 - TE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 6"/ 275 lbs.
Birthday 12/21/1987
Birthplace Springboro, OH
College Ohio State
Years played 3

Key matchup: Ravens pass rush vs. Patriots O-line

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
Teams that have bested the Patriots have rattled Tom Brady enough to keep the offense out of rhythm. The Ravens will try to do that on Sunday.

The Pro Game: Strange days, indeed

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 12:47 p.m. ET
Tom Danyluk discusses some of the odd moments in the semi-final round, and gives you his forecast on the Sunday’s championships.

Intriguing story lines in championship weekend

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m. ET
Breaking down all the key battles and matchups in championship game weekend.

Flacco to face far different Patriots' secondary

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 @ 4:22 p.m. ET
Joe Flacco had his best game of the season against the Patriots in Week Three, but faces a much-different pass defense in the AFC title game.

Surprise contributors borne from great scouting

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 @ 1:35 p.m. ET
Some unsung units stepped up this weekend, which shouldn't be a surprise given how good the final four teams' scouting staffs are.

Patriots bring back Daboll

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 @ 12:29 p.m. ET
The Patriots are bringing former assistant Brian Daboll back to the staff, effective immediately, Bill Belichick told reporters during a conference call Monday.

Patriots beat Texans, Ravens up next

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 8:28 p.m. ET
Stevan Ridley ran for 82 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots roll to a 41-28 victory over the Texans.

Reports: Gronkowski out for rest of postseason

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m. ET
The Patriots will be without TE Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the postseason after he reinjured his forearm, Pro Football Talk first reported.

Friday injury report for divisional playoffs

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
Here is the Friday injury report for the divisional playoffs, showing to what degree injured players participated in their teams' practices.

Key matchup: Texans passing game vs. Patriots pass 'D'

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 1:09 p.m. ET
The Texans’ key to avenging a Week 14 embarrassment and advancing to the AFC title game will be QB Matt Schaub. 

Looking back, thinking ahead

Posted Jan. 09, 2013 @ 12:50 p.m. ET
Tom Danyluk delivers some final thoughts on last week's wild-card action, and gives his forecast on the upcoming divisional round.

Ryan, Falcons understand situation they're in

Posted Jan. 08, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
The Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are aware of the pressures they face this weekend in what should be a strong divisional slate of games.

Hightower's playmaking will be key for Patriots in playoffs

Posted Jan. 06, 2013 @ 1:54 p.m. ET
Patriots rookie LB Dont'a Hightower has made impact plays behind the line of scrimmage, and will be counted on in the playoffs.

Patriots sign QB Kafka, DE Benard

Posted Jan. 04, 2013 @ 6:17 p.m. ET
The Patriots signed QB Mike Kafka and DE Marcus Benard to reserve/future contracts on Friday. 

Wednesday's 60-second rant: New year, same AFC East

Posted Jan. 02, 2013 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
The Bills and Jets gave the Patriots an early New Year's gift, making front-office changes, further cementing New England as the class of the AFC East.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Aug. 27, 2012
The Patriots placed Ballard on the physically unable to perform list.||||||| He continues to rehab from a torn ACL he suffered in the Giants' Super Bowl victory over New England in February.
Posted June 12, 2012
The New England Patriots have claimed Ballard off waivers from the New York Giants.||||||| Ballard, 24, spent two seasons with the Giants after being signed as a rookie free agent out of Ohio State in 2010. He was released by the Giants on Monday after he failed a physical. Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Giants' Super Bowl victory over New England in February. In his second pro season, Ballard had 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He had five catches for 43 yards in the postseason before being injured.
Posted June 11, 2012
The Giants waived Ballard on Monday after he failed a physical exam.||||||| Ballard tore the ACL in his left knee during the Giants' Super Bowl victory over New England in February. In his second pro season, Ballard had a breakout year with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He had five catches for 43 yards in the postseason before being hurt. The Giants have seven tight ends on the roster, including holdovers Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum - who tore his right ACL in the Super Bowl - and free agent signee Martellus Bennett.
Posted Feb. 07, 2012
Ballard tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during the second half of Super Bowl, the team announced on Tuesday.||||||| An MRI discovered Ballard's injury, and with the help of crutches, he was able to participate in Tuesday's parade and ceremonies in New York and New Jersey. Ballard, an undrafted free agent, had 38 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns this regular season. In the four playoff games, he had five catches for 43 yards. He had two receptions in the Giants' 21-17 win over New England on Sunday.
Posted Feb. 05, 2012
Ballard sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.||||||| The Giants tight end had hurt the knee earlier in the season and was wearing a brace on it. His return was listed as questionable.

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