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86 Jake Ballard TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/275 | Birthdate: 12/21/1987 | Birthplace: OH, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Ohio State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Jake Ballard given a day off due to thigh bruise


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard was unable to practice Sunday because of a thigh bruise, ESPN reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, as he is expected to return on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters.

Cards busy at start of free agency


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) The Cardinals have agreed to deals with Frostee Rucker, Jay Feely and Jake Ballard, the official team website reports. Rucker, a defensive lineman, inked a two-year deal while Feely and Ballard landed one-year contracts. 

Cardinals fail to tender four players


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Cardinals declined to tender offers to four restricted free agents: tight end Jake Ballard, running back Alfonso Smith, linebacker Marcus Benard and defensive end Ronald Talley. All will become unrestricted free agents at 4 p.m. ET.

Jake Ballard makes only snag count for six points


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard came down with his second touchdown of the season during Sunday’s season finale against the 49ers in Week 17.

Ballard caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer on a 4th-and-goal play in the second quarter. It was his only catch and target of the game as he finished the season with seven catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Cardinals receive minor offensive contributions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) A few Cardinals made small offensive contributions Week 16. Andre Roberts was limited to only two catches for 25 yards while Brittan Golden caught a 63-yard pass from Carson Palmer in the opening drive of the game for his only catch.

Jim Dray led all tight ends in receptions with three for 16 yards. Jake Ballard caught one of three targets for 17 yards. Rob Housler was targeted twice but held without a grab in a 17-10 victory.

Jake Ballard hauls in a touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) With tight end Rob Housler sitting out, Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard caught three passes for 13 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown, in the win at Tennessee. Ballard came into the game with two catches all season.

Up to five career touchdowns, Ballard visits the Seahawks in Week 16.


Three Cardinals players combine for four catches Week 11


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Cardinals tight end Jim Dray, tight end Jake Ballard and cornerback Patrick Peterson combined for four catches during a 27-14 win Week 11 at Jacksonville.

Dray had two catches for 18 yards, Ballard had one catch for 29 yards and Peterson had one catch for 11 yards.

The Cardinals are back in action Week 12 vs. Indianapolis.


Cardinals backup pass catchers fail to break out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Cardinals TE Jake Ballard, TE Jim Dray and WR Jaron Brown each caught one pass against the Texans Week 10.

Both Dray and Brown were targeted twice, but each came down with one reception. Dray picked up 9 yards, while Brown's catch went for 7 yards. Ballard caught his only target, picking up 15 yards.

They'll take on the Jaguars Week 11.


Jake Ballard signs with Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Former Giants and Patriots tight end Jake Ballard is back in the NFL. The Cardinals announced Monday they signed Ballard, who has been a free agent since being released by New England at the end of the preseason.

Ballard's career has been derailed since tearing his ACL in the Giants' Super Bowl win during the 2011 season.


Cardinals hold work out for Jake Ballard


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Former Giants and Patriots tight end Jake Ballard worked out for the Cardinals late last week, according to multiple sources. Ballard has been a free agent since being released by New England at the end of the preseason.

Report: Jake Ballard eager to get back into NFL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Former Giants and Patriots tight end Jake Ballard could be back in the NFL soon, reports ProFootballTalk.com. Ballard, whose career has been derailed after tearing his ACL in the Giants' Super Bowl win during the 2011 season, plans to pick a team to sign with later this week, according to a league source.

Ballard's biggest obstacle, however, could be a team wanting to sign him. Ballard was cut by the Patriots at the end of the preseason. He has spent the last four weeks working with trainers and medical professionals to get back to 100 percent. Teams have wanted to bring in Ballard, but he has resisted. Though, it appears he could finally be ready to rejoin the NFL ranks.


Report: Jake Ballard to work out for Ravens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Ravens are expected to work out former Patriots tight end Jake Ballard Monday, a league source told The Baltimore Sun. Ballard was cut by New England at the end of the preseason.

The Ravens could be looking for help at tight end with Dennis Pitta sidelined after undergoing hip surgery. The Ravens had issues at tight end in the season opener against Denver, as Dallas Clark dropped a potential touchdown and Ed Dickson dropped four passes.


Jake Ballard looking for work


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Tight end Jake Ballard never got to play a down with the Patriots and now he's looking for a new home after being cut by the team.

The downward spiral began when he tore his ACL playing for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants placed him on the waived/injured list in the belief he would clear waivers, but the Patriots scooped him up with the intent of stashing him until his recovery.

His slow recovery and the decision to activate Rob Gronkowski from the PUP list despite his continued unavailability entered into the decision to waive Ballard and fellow tight end Daniel Fells.

Ballard could prove valuable to his next team if he fully recovers from his injury. He averaged nearly 16 yards a catch for the Giants in 2011 with four touchdowns.


Patriots TE Jake Ballard rests knee


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2013) Patriots tight end Jake Ballard missed practice Saturday because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. A source told the Boston Herald his absence was for precautionary reasons

Jake Ballard passes physical, leaves PUP list


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Patriots tight end Jake Ballard passed his physical Tuesday and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list, reports ESPN Boston. Ballard missed all of last season with a torn knee and is no lock for a roster spot, even given New England’s problems at tight end.


Could Jake Ballard not make the Patriots' roster?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2013) Jake Ballard has looked stiff in Patriots workouts in his return from over a year away from football because of a torn knee. The Boston Globe's Ben Volin believes Ballard isn't a lock for the 53-man roster because he hasn't looked so good. 

The team placed him on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp. He can come off the list at any time between now and Aug. 31. 


Pats could need Jake Ballard


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2013) The Patriots might have to rely on tight end Jake Ballard this year with Rob Gronkowski banged up and Aaron Hernandez released, reports ESPN.

Ballard started Super Bowl XLVI for the Giants, but a knee injury has kept him off the field since that game. The report says at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, he's built like Gronkowski, though he's not the same athlete.

He appears to be close to his old self after extensive rehab, and if Gronkowski is not ready at the start of the season, Ballard is a candidate to step up. He is not, however, suited to help the Patriots replace Hernandez.


Jake Ballard almost 100 percent


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) Patriots tight end Jake Ballard is almost 100 percent with his knee and could play a significant role for New England this season, according to USA Today.

With Rob Gronkowski (back) coming off surgery and Aaron Hernandez dealing with legal troubles, the Patriots could open the season with Ballard as their starter. Ballard sat out the 2012 season to rehab his injured knee, which he hurt in the Super Bowl as a member of the Giants following the 2011 season.

Ballard is someone to watch heading into training camp and could become a featured memeber of the passing game depending on what happens with Gronkowski and Hernandez.


Ballard tweaks his ankle


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2013) The Boston Herald reports Patriots tight end Jake Ballard stopped his work during the team's OTA practice Tuesday after hurting his left ankle while trying to catch a pass from Tom Brady in the back-right corner of the end zone. The severity is not known but he did stay to watch the end of practice, most likely a good sign. It is also not known if he will practice again this week.

Ballard steps up with Gronk out


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2013) ESPN reports that with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined, Jake Ballard has looked sharp in OTA workouts, showing limited signs of restriction nearly 16 months after originally suffering a knee injury. The report says he's shown reliable hands to go along with his big frame (6-foot-6, 275 pounds), and he should make a difference as a blocker when the pads come on. Ballard said that while he's working toward being back to 100 percent, he's staying within the parameters of what the team's medical and coaching staff have laid out for him while he's on the field. "I'm doing my best I can to be 100 percent, and I'm doing as much as I can, as much as they're allowing me to do out here," Ballard said. "When I'm out here I feel like I'm putting in good work and getting better."

Ballard coming along slowly


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2013) The Boston Herald reports that Patriots tight end Jake Ballard is gradually making progress. Ballard is finally ready to hit the field, but the team is going to take it slow with him when the offseason program begins Monday. Ballard tore his ACL in the Giants’ victory against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, and he is recovering nicely. But without the need to get overly aggressive, the Pats are taking the cautious approach.

Ballard's recovery going well


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/19/2013) ESPN reports that Patriots tight end Jake Ballard's recovery from knee surgery is coming along nicely, and there have been no setbacks, thus putting him closer to competing for a spot on the depth chart in 2013.

Ballard's recovery going well


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/19/2013) ESPN reports that Patriots tight end Jake Ballard's recovery from knee surgery is coming along nicely, and there have been no setbacks, thus putting him closer to competing for a spot on the depth chart in 2013.