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Jake Ballard
TE #86
Height:
6-6
Weight:
275
College:
Ohio State
Experience:
2
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 23 45 679 15.1 29.5 41 6 14 1 36 0
2013 ARI 8 7 75 10.7 9.4 29 2 1 0 5 0
2011 NYG 14 38 604 15.9 43.1 41 4 13 1 31 0
2010 NYG 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 23 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 ARI 8 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NYG 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 NYG 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Pro Career: Originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the New York Giants on 4/25/10. Released on 8/19/10 and signed to Giants practice squad on 9/5/10. Promoted to active roster on 11/20/10. Released on 11/24/10 and added to practice squad on 11/26/10. Promoted to active roster on 12/16/10. Re-signed with Giants as exclusive rights free agent on 3/8/12. Released by Giants on 6/11/12 and claimed off waivers by the Patriots on 6/12/12. Released by Patriots on 8/30/13. Signed with Cardinals on 11/4/13. Re-signed with the Cardinals to a one-year contract on 3/11/14.

Pro Career: Originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the New York Giants on 4/25/10. Released on 8/19/10 and signed to Giants practice squad on 9/5/10. Promoted to active roster on 11/20/10. Released on 11/24/10 and added to practice squad on 11/26/10. Promoted to active roster on 12/16/10. Re-signed with Giants as exclusive rights free agent on 3/8/12. Released by Giants on 6/11/12 and claimed off waivers by the Patriots on 6/12/12. Released by Patriots on 8/30/13. Signed with Cardinals on 11/4/13. Re-signed with the Cardinals to a one-year contract on 3/11/14.

2013: Played in eight games and made three starts after signing with the Cardinals on 11/4 … totaled seven receptions for 75 yards and two TDs … made season debut and had a 15-yard reception on second-quarter TD drive vs. Hou (11/10); marked his first game since playing in Super Bowl XLVI as a member of the Giants … recorded a 29-yard reception on the team’s second offensive play of the game as part of a TD drive @ Jax (11/17) … saw action on offense and special teams in the next three games … started for the injured Rob Housler and caught his first TD as a Cardinal with a six-yard reception in the third quarter @ Ten (12/15); marked his first TD since 12/11/11 as a member of the Giants; totaled season-high three receptions for 13 yards … had a 17-yard reception on 3rd-n-3 to keep the game-winning TD drive alive in the fourth quarter @ Sea (12/22) … caught a one-yard TD pass on 4th-n-goal in the second quarter to cut the Cardinals deficit to 17-7 vs. SF (12/29).

2012: Missed the entire season after being placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List on 8/27 with a knee injury suffered in Super Bowl XLVI during the previous season.

2011: Played in 14 games with 13 starts and appeared in all four playoff games with three starts … totaled 38 receptions for 604 yards and four TDs during the regular season and added five catches for 43 yards in the postseason … made his first career start and recorded first career reception in season opener @ Was (9/11); caught two passes for 59 yards … had three catches for 33 yards, including his first career TD @ Ari (10/2) … notched a TD reception for the second straight week while totaling 72 yards on three catches vs. Sea (10/9) … posted career highs with five catches for 81 yards vs. Buf (10/16) … had a one-yard TD reception for the game-winning score with 15 seconds left @ NE (11/6); also had a 28-yard reception on third down to keep the game-winning drive alive; totaled four catches for 67 yards in the victory … caught four passes for 52 yards @ Dal (12/11) … missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury … started and had two receptions for 16 yards in Wild Card game vs. Atl (1/8/12) … had a 17-yard reception in Divisional Playoff @ GB (1/15/12) … recorded two catches for 10 yards in Super Bowl XLVI victory vs. NE (2/5/12); left the game with a knee injury.

2010: Spent majority of the season on the Giants practice squad … added to practice squad on 9/5 … promoted to active roster on 11/20 … made his NFL debut @ Phi (11/21) … released on 11/24 and returned to practice squad on 11/26 … elevated to active roster on 12/16 … inactive for final three games of the season.

College: Played in 50 games with 25 starts at Ohio State … recorded 34 receptions for 377 yards and three TDs for his career … registered career highs with 14 catches for 150 yards in ’09 … was a team captain as a senior … had a 24-yard reception to convert 3rd-n-13 in the fourth quarter of Rose Bowl win over Oregon … caught five passes for 73 yards as a junior … had 13 receptions for 149 yards and a career-high two TDs in ’07 … collected two catches for five yards and a TD as a true freshman in ’06 .

Personal: Played on offense and defense at Springboro (OH) High School … totaled 22 receptions for 363 yards and three TDs and was named Ohio’s Division II Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 after recording 35 solo tackles, 42 assists, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks … named first-team all-league, district player of the year and All-State in both 2004 and 2005 … also a four-year letterman in basketball … majored in Sport and Leisure Studies.

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