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Patriots | Jake Ballard ready to compete

New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and he reportedly looking "rigid" during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Fantasy Tip: Ballard has plenty of time to loosen up before the regular season, and he showed some glimpses of brilliance pre-injury during his days with the New York Giants. With Rob Gronkowski (back) making his way back from surgery, and Aaron Hernandez gone, Ballard has a chance to step up. He could re-emerge as a low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues at some point, but don't get too carried away early on.

2013-06-28 19:30:27 | Source: The Boston Globe - Zuri Berry

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