Jake Ballard - TE - Patriots
Patriots claimed TE Jake Ballard off waivers from the Giants.
It's been quite the roller coaster ride for Ballard, who went from meeting the U.S. President to being waived and subsequently claimed by the team he beat in the Super Bowl in a span of three days. Recovering from ACL reconstruction and microfracture surgery, Ballard will spend the 2012 season on injured reserve. The Pats will have to sneak him through waivers at some point to get a return on their investment for 2013.
Source: Blake Baratz on Twitter
The Giants cut him with the intentions of him clearing waivers and going on the I.R. Now Billy has claimed him. Interesting stuff, but what is the motivation? They have Gronkowski and Hernandez, so where will he fit even when gets heatlhy? Could it be just for spite?