5 years ago

The Giants were planning to place TE Jake Ballard (knee surgery) on the PUP list before he was claimed off waivers by the Patriots.

That's almost certainly where he'll end up in New England before presumably landing on injured reserve. Per Profootballtalk.com, the Patriots were the only team to place a claim on the 24-year-old tight end. If Ballard doesn't take the field in 2012, he'll be an exclusive rights free agent next offseason after catching 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.