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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

Giants, Coughlin unhappy with Patriots grabbing TE Ballard

Posted June 13, 2012 @ 4:12 p.m. ET
Tom Coughlin and the Giants are miffed that they lost injured TE Jake Ballard to the Patriots through the waiver-wire process.

Patriots claim ex-Giant TE Ballard

Posted June 12, 2012 @ 4:57 p.m. ET
It appeared that TE Jake Ballard would clear waivers on Tuesday and land on the Giants’ injured reserve list after the team waived him Monday.

Giants waive TE Ballard, re-sign DT Bernard

Posted June 11, 2012 @ 4:18 p.m. ET
The Giants waived/failed physical TE Jake Ballard and re-signed DT Rocky Bernard, the team announced on Monday.

Ballard also underwent microfracture surgery

Posted April 11, 2012 @ 10:34 a.m. ET
Giants TE Jake Ballard, who had surgery to repair his torn ACL, also underwent microfracture surgery to repair cartilage.

Report: Giants restructure Manning's contract

Posted March 08, 2012 @ 11:42 a.m. ET
Giants QB Eli Manning reportedly has restructured his contract for the 2012 season to free up cap space.

Coughlin: Giants hurting at tight end

Posted Feb. 24, 2012 @ 9:49 p.m. ET
The Giants are shorthanded at tight end, head coach Tom Coughlin said at the Combine.

Giants confirm Ballard has torn ACL

Posted Feb. 07, 2012 @ 5:13 p.m. ET
The Giants confirmed Tuesday that TE Jake Ballard suffered a torn ACL in the Super Bowl and that he will undergo surgery in the coming days.

Giants tight ends: The 'B' Team

Posted Feb. 02, 2012 @ 8:40 p.m. ET
Giants TEs Jake Ballard and Bear Pascoe won't be mistaken for Patriots TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but that's fine with the Giants.

Del Pilar's Digest: Fantasyland injury report

Posted Dec. 26, 2011 @ 5:23 p.m. ET
William Del Pilar takes a look at the weekly injuries heading into Week 17 for players such as Tony Romo, LeSean McCoy, and Jake Ballard. 

Giants' TE injuries starting to mount

Posted Dec. 23, 2011 @ 12:42 p.m. ET
The Giants have been a bit thin at tight end all season, even with the breakout performance of starter Jake Ballard.

Week Eight matchups to exploit or avoid

Posted Oct. 26, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m. ET
William Del Pilar studied the Week Eight matchups and warns you to avoid players such as Steve Breaston while exploiting Chris Johnson and Jabar Gaffney.

TE Jake Ballard making Giants forget Kevin Boss

Posted Oct. 24, 2011 @ 3:38 p.m. ET
Giants TE Jake Ballard has been a very pleasant surprise for a Giants offense that was worried about the TE position to start the season.

Bar raised for Giants' Ballard, Cruz

Posted Oct. 20, 2011 @ 2:18 p.m. ET
The bye week has given people a chance to appreciate how good — and unexpected — the contributions of WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard have been.

Giants sign TE Ballard

Posted Nov. 20, 2010 @ 2:46 p.m. ET
The Giants have promoted TE Jake Ballard from their practice squad as insurance in case one of their top blockers can't play in Week 11 vs. the Eagles. DB D.J. Johnson was released.

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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