5 years ago

ESPN Boston mentions TE Jake Ballard as an under-the-radar name to watch for 2013.

Ballard was plucked off waivers from the Giants last June, but he spent the entire season on PUP after undergoing ACL reconstruction and microfracture surgery. He's an exclusive rights free agent this offseason and will certainly be brought back, but he'll obviously be no higher than the third option at tight end behind Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Ballard, 25, averaged 15.9 YPC on 38 grabs in 2011, finding the end zone four times.