Only in the NFL can a talent like Jake Ballard (you know the guy from that tiny, non-football school, Ohio State) go undrafted. So far he has outperformed Kevin Boss, the guy he's replacing and Zach Miller, the guy Boss replaced.
Giants' Ballard filling void at tight end
By DAN TOMASINO
8:58 AM, October 17, 2011
2:17 AM, October 17, 2011
The inconsistency endured by the Giants this season cannot be attributed to the loss of fan-favorite tight end Kevin Boss to free agency.
His replacement, Jake Ballard, has proven to be more than capable, and yesterday the second-year player out of Ohio State was a big part of a resurgent passing attack that helped the 4-2 Giants knock off the Bills 27-24 in front of 79,243 fans at MetLife Stadium.
Ballard recorded career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (81), proving to be just as reliable a target for Eli Manning as Boss once was. He caught all five of the passes thrown to him.
“It means the world,” Ballard said. “Everybody said this year we need to get a tight end in here and wanted me out pretty much. ‘Oh, he’s a big, slow, blocking tight end. He’s not gonna catch any passes.’ I’m just trying to prove them wrong week to week and play with a chip on my shoulder
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