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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 sign RB Develin to active roster

Posted Nov. 28, 2012 @ 1:07 p.m. ET
The Patriots signed RB James Develin to the 53-man roster on Wednesday, the team announced.

'Tis the season when Patriots deliver the goods

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 5:25 p.m. ET
A consistent winner in the standings over the years, the Patriots are proving to be very successful in ATS endeavors, as well.

Week 13 playoff scenarios

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 2:22 p.m. ET
According to the playoff scenarios released by the NFL on Tuesday, five teams can clinch postseason berths in Week 13.

Opportunistic Pats most feared team in NFL

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m. ET
While they may have some flaws, columnist Ron Borges explains why the Patriots are the club no team wants to face with the season on the line.

No changes to schedule in Weeks 14, 15

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 4:16 p.m. ET
The NFL announced the Week 14 and Week 15 schedules on Monday and there will be no changes.

Patriots DE Cunningham suspended four games

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 3:01 p.m. ET
The NFL suspended Patriots DE Jermaine Cunningham four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

AFC East Spin cycle: Pats embarrass Jets, while Dolphins rally for win

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
On Thanksgiving night, the Patriots handed the Jets a loss to forget, and New England finds itself close to clinching the AFC East for the fourth year in a row.

Patriots' patchwork O-line remains effective

Posted Nov. 23, 2012 @ 3:17 p.m. ET
The Patriots used their fifth different O-line combination on Thursday night, and the group pitched a shutout in a win over the Jets.

Patriots force five turnovers, rout Jets

Posted Nov. 22, 2012 @ 11:54 p.m. ET
Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and ran for one as the Patriots embarrassed the Jets with a 35-point second quarter in a 49-19 victory Thursday night.

Patriots promote OL Zusevics, waive WR Salas

Posted Nov. 22, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m. ET
The Patriots promoted OL Markus Zusevics from the practice squad and waived WR Greg Salas.

Week 11 Players of the Week

Posted Nov. 20, 2012 @ 9:06 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Andre Johnson, Aldon Smith and Julian Edelman as its Players of the Week.

Patriots' stockpile of TEs to help fill void left by Gronk

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 4:23 p.m. ET
The Patriots' tight ends have the difficult task of replacing the production Rob Gronkowski gives them in the pass game and run blocking.

AFC East Spin cycle: Three 4-6 teams looking up at Patriots

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m. ET
The Patriots dominated in Week 11, extending their division lead to three games over the Bills, Jets and Dolphins, who are all 4-6.

Rivera, Mularkey, Shurmur don't come through in clutch

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
Embattled head coaches have something in common: They all make late-game situational mistakes that cost their teams.

Reports: Gronkowski has surgery on forearm

Posted Nov. 19, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m. ET
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken forearm suffered late in New England’s win over the Colts 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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