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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

Patriots equipment manager dies of leukemia

Posted Jan. 01, 2013 @ 2:27 p.m. ET
Don Brocher, the Patriots' equipment manager and longest tenured employee, lost his battle with leukemia late Monday.

AFC East Spin cycle: Patriots lone division team above .500

Posted Dec. 31, 2012 @ 3:45 a.m. ET
The AFC East may boast the No. 2 seed in the league in the Patriots, but the rest of the division remains well behind New England.

Patriots shut out Dolphins, earn playoff bye

Posted Dec. 30, 2012 @ 8:02 p.m. ET
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and the Patriots regained their dominance after a rare slump, earning a playoff bye with a 28-0 win over the Dolphins.

Report: Patriots' Gronkowski likely to play Sunday

Posted Dec. 29, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m. ET
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is likely to play Sunday vs. Miami, according to Comcast SportsNet New England. 

Key matchup: Patriots running game vs. Dolphins run defense

Posted Dec. 28, 2012 @ 3:07 p.m. ET
Stopping Tom Brady and the Patriots’ passing game is tough enough, but Miami can pull off an upset if it can stop New England’s running game. 

Week 17 playoff scenarios

Posted Dec. 24, 2012 @ 11:21 a.m. ET
Seeding is up for grabs in the AFC, while five teams fight for two spots in the NFC playoffs in Week 17.

AFC East Spin cycle: Patriots get ugly win, Dolphins aim for .500

Posted Dec. 24, 2012 @ 10:21 a.m. ET
The Patriots struggled to beat the Jaguars, the Dolphins got revenge by beating the Bills and the Jets fell in Greg McElroy's first start.

Redskins-Cowboys flexed to prime time in Week 17

Posted Dec. 23, 2012 @ 11:13 p.m. ET
The Week 17 game between the Redskins and Cowboys for the NFC East title has been flex into the primetime slot.

Patriots hold off Jaguars for 11th win

Posted Dec. 23, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes, and the playoff-bound Patriots held on to beat the woeful Jaguars 23-16 Sunday.

Patriots getting improved play from Deaderick

Posted Dec. 21, 2012 @ 12:14 p.m. ET
Patriots third-year DL Brandon Deaderick has seen more playing time, taking snaps from DT Kyle Love, adding to an already strong D-line.

AFC East Spin cycle: Pats stumble, Dolphins hanging on

Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 11:52 p.m. ET
The Patriots’ winning streak came to an end in a wild Sunday night loss to the 49ers and the Dolphins kept their faint playoff hopes on life support.

49ers withstand Patriots' comeback, clinch playoff spot

Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 12:58 a.m. ET
The 49ers earned a playoff berth by withstanding a stunning comeback by New England from a 28-point deficit to beat the Patriots 41-34.

No surprise when Patriots re-sign WR Branch

Posted Dec. 14, 2012 @ 4:16 p.m. ET
Observers were far from surprised when New England brought back former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch to add depth to an injury-riddled position.

Key matchup: Patriots running game vs. 49ers run defense

Posted Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:13 p.m. ET
We know the 49ers like to run the ball, but the Patriots have more carries than the Niners, and the run game has been crucial to their success.

Week 15 handicapping column

Posted Dec. 13, 2012 @ 7:25 p.m. ET
PFW handicapping expert Mike Wilkening believes the Falcons will regain some of their lost luster on Sunday. 

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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