Next man up: Patriots TE Jake Ballard looking sharp in OTAs
What are you looking for?
Latest NFL News and Rumors...

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday that he envisions his to... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
Brandon Lloyd's career looked like it was over after he spent all of last season without a roster spot anywhere. Now his c... [read more] [All News & Rumors]
I hope I can get DeAngelo Williams to play in my fantasy league, but I would love to see him choose (overdraft) himself in... [read more] [All News & Rumors]

Next man up: Patriots TE Jake Ballard looking sharp in OTAs

When the Patriots surprisingly claimed tight end Jake Ballard @TheJakeBallard off waivers from the Giants last year, they weren't planning on losing tight end Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski for what may be an indefinite period of time. But here we are. Gronkowski's status for training camp and the start of the season is very much up in the air, and Ballard has become a luxury for the Patriots.
Ballard is about 16 months removed from ACL reconstruction and microfracture surgery. He missed all of last season and used the time to learn the Patriots' playbook. He is still working his way back to 100 percent, but he said Wednesday that has become familiar with what New England wants to do, and he has "looked sharp" in organized team activities, according to ESPN Boston's Field Yates.

Fantasy Analysis:

I had written off the 25-year-old Ballard before. I didn't think he would ever make an impact as long as he was on the Patriots. But Gronkowski is down for a while, and don't forget that Aaron Hernandez @AaronHernandez is right in the middle of a four-month rehab period following offseason shoulder surgery. So, Ballard is definitely on the fantasy radar. We know he can be a big short-range touchdown target. We'll keep tabs on how this whole situation shakes out as we work deeper into the summer, by which time Ballard should be fully healthy, and we should have a better grasp on Gronk's recovery timetable.

ESPN Boston

0 Comments | Add Yours

There are no comments on this article yet.

You must login in order to comment:

If you do not have an account yet, register here -- it's free

Warning: You don't have cookies enabled in your internet broswer. Without cookies, you will not be able to login. Some web browsers allow cookies to be managed on a per-site basis.

News Archive
NFL News Feed: XML Feed
Subscribe to FFToolbox NFL News and Rumors by Email
Brian Murphy -
Follow on Twitter
Los Angeles, CA
FFToolbox Fantasy Football Writer since 2002
Follow me on Twitter: @Spokes_Murphy.

I have played fantasy sports since 2001, specializing in fantasy football and baseball. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I am a journalism/mass communication grad student at Cal State University, Northridge. I am aiming to be a sports reporter for a website, newspaper, magazine, anything. I am a graduate from the University of Central Florida. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties