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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:14:48 -0700
Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson has been the tight end who impressed the most during organized team activities and minicamp. Head coach Bruce Arians complimented Carlson's ability to pick up the system quickly, his speed and hands, and he considers Carlson an adequate blocker. Arians wants physical tight ends who are capable blockers. Carlson will compete for targets with TEs Rob Housler, Jake Ballard and Troy Niklas (hand).
Fantasy Tip: The Cardinals tight end corps has too many options to be able to rely on any of them as a weekly fantasy option, at least at this point.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:48:19 -0700
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to keep four tight ends on their roster. Head coach Bruce Arians feels the team probably has too many legitimate options to keep them all. TEs John Carlson, Jake Ballard, Rob Housler and Troy Niklas (hand) are the favorites to make the roster.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:29:30 -0700
The Arizona Cardinals have officially re-signed restricted free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Cardinals) to a one-year deal. The contract's financial terms were not disclosed.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:43:56 -0800
The Arizona Cardinals liked what they saw in limited duty last season from restricted free agent TE Jake Ballard, and he might have a chance to return. They can match any offer to Ballard during the offseason.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:49:22 -0800
The Arizona Cardinals likely will tender an offer to restricted free-agent TE Jake Ballard this offseason.
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 09:19:56 -0800
Arizona Cardinals TE Jake Ballard will be active for the team's Week 10 game but is not expected to be a big part of the offense.
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:22:38 -0800
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Patriots) to an undisclosed one-year deal Monday, Nov. 4, and released TE D.C. Jefferson in a corresponding move.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:42:19 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs recently worked out free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Patriots).
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:44:28 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs will work out free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Patriots) Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:19:15 -0700
Free-agent TE Jake Ballard (knee) has spent the last four weeks with trainers while getting back to 100 percent health, and he plans to sign with a new team later this week.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:32:40 -0700
Free-agent TEs Jake Ballard (Patriots) and Matthew Mulligan (Patriots) were among the tight ends the Baltimore Ravens worked out Monday, Sept. 9.
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:56:38 -0700
The New England Patriots cut Jake Ballard Friday, Aug. 30.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:15:20 -0700
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld looks like a lock to enter Week 1 as the team's No. 1 tight end if TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) starts the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Sudfeld is 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, which is almost the exact same size as Gronkowski. Sudfeld caught a touchdown pass the team's preseason game last weekend in the red zone on a pattern that Gronkowski has run before. Sudfeld displayed nice run-after-the-catch skills on another play later in the same preseason game. TE Jake Ballard is healthy and has been consistent in camp, too, and his role as a hybrid tight end in the past is similar to Gronkowski.
Fantasy Tip: Sudfeld is emerging as a sleeper candidate at tight end that's worth taking a shot on in the later rounds as a TE2. He's got a great QB throwing him passes in Tom Brady, and his size makes him a nice red zone target.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:00:56 -0700
New England Patriots TEs Jake Ballard and Zach Sudfeld appear to have solid grips on roster spots at this point.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:08:23 -0700
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld took the majority of first-team repetitions in practice Tuesday, Aug. 13, while TEs Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard were on the sidelines. Fells and Ballard are now battling for a roster spot.
Fantasy Tip: Sudfeld is clearly now the No. 1 tight end in training camp, but it remains to be seen if it will stay that way entering Week 1. If Rob Gronkowski (elbow, back) opens on the PUP, Sudfeld will see extensive action in the offense. However, he's still a deep sleeper for fantasy purposes and is more of a TE3.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:48:36 -0700
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld has looked good in practice, and TE Daniel Fells has reportedly had a solid training camp. TE Jake Ballard, on the other hand, has looked stiff at times, and has fallen behind in the team's competition.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:01:43 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has slowed down over the last few days and was not moving around as before because he is still recovering from knee surgery. His absence has allowed TE Zach Sudfeld to perform well during practice.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:38:49 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard has struggled during training camp and could be on the roster bubble.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 13:50:32 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) sat out of practice Saturday, Aug. 3, due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:11:27 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) and FS Kanorris Davis (undisclosed) both passed their physicals and have been taken off the physically unable to perform list.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:10:45 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has looked stiff and lacking fluidity in camp, and he's not a lock to make the team.
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:37:02 -0700
The New England Patriots placed TE Jake Ballard (knee), WR Julian Edelman (foot) and OG Nick McDonald (shoulder) on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list Monday, July 22.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:30:27 -0700
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.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:05:10 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is almost 100 percent.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:45:46 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), who underwent surgery to fix a spinal issue in his back Tuesday, June 18, has hopes of returning to action late in August, during the preseason. However, Gronkowski isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He's likely to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list but will be eligible to come off at any point before Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: We won't know how realistic it'll be for Gronkowski to suit up for Week 1 until we get closer to training camp, but there remains a good possibility that he will miss the first part of the season. Aaron Hernandez's draft stock will soar if that's the case, and Jake Ballard might become a nice matchup play earlier in the year, too.
Fri, 31 May 2013 08:37:54 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has not fully participated during the two organized team activities that the media has watched this offseason but has shown good hands during offensive drills. He also has been running with a noticeable limp.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard could get a bigger role than expected this season if he is healthy because of the injuries to Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) and TE Aaron Hernandez (shoulder). At this point, Ballard probably is not worthy of a draft choice but he would be a waiver wire target if either Gronkowski or Hernandez miss time in the regular season.
Wed, 29 May 2013 14:01:34 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has looked sharp during organized team activities and hasn't been limited after having major knee surgery around 16 months ago. Ballard has shown nice hands and will be a nice blocking asset for the team this year. "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."
Fantasy Tip: Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) has become a major health risk and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) is coming off a surgery of his own this offseason. If both Gronk and Hernandez are healthy and on the field, Ballard won't see much of a role aside from blocking. However, Gronk and Hernandez have both struggled to stay healthy, so Ballard could be a nice waiver wire addition at some point this season.
Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:14:25 -0700
The New England Patriots will be cautious with TE Jake Ballard (knee) during offseason workouts because he is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ballard will be ready for the start of the regular season and some believe he could be a full participant in the workouts.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:06:12 -0800
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is doing well in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to compete for a roster spot during training camp.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:35:41 -0800
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) and DL Myron Pryor (pectoral) are not expected to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list this season.
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:55:54 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) and DL Myron Pryor (shoulder) are not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 18. Both are on the Physically Unable to Perform list but are eligible to start practicing this week.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:15:22 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) and DT Myron Pryor (undisclosed) will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:12:36 -0700
New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins (knee) participated in practice in pads for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 14. However, FB Eric Kettani, CB Alfonzo Dennard, FB Spencer Larsen, OG Brian Waters, LB Tracy White, OT Markus Zusevics, OT Matt Kopa, OT Kyle Hix, OT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Aaron Hernandez, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, WR Brandon Lloyd, TE Daniel Fells, TE Rob Gronkowski, TE Jake Ballard and DLs Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren and Jonathan Fanene sat out. CB Malcolm Williams and S James Ihedigbo returned.
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:39:32 -0700
The New England Patriots have placed TE Daniel Fells (ankle) and Jake Ballard (knee), OG Logan Mankins (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle, back), DL Myron Pryor (undisclosed) and LB Brandon Spikes (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:23:30 -0700
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) projects to spend part of 2012, if not all, recovering from a major knee injury.
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:35:47 -0700
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese felt the team was not going to lose TE Jake Ballard on waivers to the New England Patriots. "Yes, we thought that he would clear," Reese said. "It's rare but it's not the first time something like that has happened. It's disappointing for us that we didn't get him back. He did a tremendous job for us and we hope he gets well soon and that he can finish his career, whether it's with New England or whatever team he ends up with. It was disappointing, but that does happen, every blue moon."
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:41:12 -0700
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is not happy that the team lost TE Jake Ballard on waivers to the New England Patriots. "Discouraged is a minor description," Coughlin said. "Very disappointing. I am not going to have a lot to say about that one, just the fact that we are disappointed. We are very disappointed." New York was high on Ballard despite the fact that he would miss this season with a knee injury.
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:03:49 -0700
The New England Patriots claimed TE Jake Ballard off waivers from the New York Giants Tuesday, June 12, according to Ballard's agent.
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:18:28 -0700
Blake Baratz, agent for free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Giants), said the New York Giants have every intention of re-signing Ballard.
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:03:54 -0700
The New York Giants have waived TE Jake Ballard (knee) because of a failed physical.
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:37:09 -0700
New York Giants QB Eli Manning is hoping the team drafts some more offensive firepower in this year's NFL Draft after they lost RB Brandon Jacobs and WR Mario Manningham to the San Francisco 49ers. "When we go into the draft, that could be an area we try to attack," Manning. "Get a skill-position guy who can help us get carries, get catches, in some ways get that same production from the guys we lost last year." Manning said Stanford TE Coby Fleener could be a target after the team lost both TEs Jake Ballard (knee) and Travis Beckum (knee) to knee injuries in the Super Bowl.
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:16:53 -0700
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) had to undergo microfracture surgery to repair cartilage in addition to his surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament this offseason. He knows he is facing a tough rehab but hopes to return to the team by Week 9.
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 10:05:33 -0800
New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent TE Jake Ballard and CB Bruce Johnson have signed their tender offers. Both will receive a one-year deal worth $540,000.
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:27:12 -0800
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday, Feb. 21. He suffered the injury in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots Feb. 5. Ballard is expected to start the season on the Physically-Unable-To-Perform (PUP) list in 2012.
Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:21:39 -0800
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he expects TEs Jake Ballard (knee) and Travis Beckum (knee) to start next season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:43:30 -0800
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second half of Super Bowl XLVI. Ballard could start the 2012 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list alongside TE Travis Beckum (knee).
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:50:38 -0800
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) said he is not sure if he will need surgery on his injured knee in Super Bowl XLVI. Ballard tore his meniscus during the game and could not return.
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 06:32:17 -0800
New York Giants QB Eli Manning hinted following Super Bowl XLVI that he believes the team's current nucleus is capable of making another run at a championship. "I'm excited about a number of young guys who stepped up this season," Manning said. "Victor Cruz has been a great story, Jake Ballard, some of these guys have played great football and made great plays for us this year."
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:49:39 -0800
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) may have injured his left meniscus in Super Bowl XLVI. He will undergo an MRI to determine the full extent of the injury.
Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:31:52 -0800
New York Giants TE Jake Ballard (knee) suffered a sprained knee during the fourth quarter of the team's Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots. He finished the game with two receptions for 10 yards receiving.