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Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots place Jake Ballard on PUP

The New England Patriots have placed tight end Jake Ballard on the PUP list, as he is recovering from an ACL injury. Ballard is eligible to come off of the PUP after Week 6, but he is likely out for the year. There is always the chance that the 24-year-old can get back towards the end of the season, but it’s a slim chance all told.

The Patriots easily have the best tight ends in the NFL, and it goes past superstars Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Daniel Fells is a great No. 2 tight end for any other team with his top run blocking ability, and Ballard is a solid pass-catcher who had 604 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season for the New York Giants. Visanthe Shiancoe won’t make the roster, but he was once a valuable member of the Minnesota Vikings.

As he is merely being transferred to the PUP list, Jake Ballard still counts on the New England Patriots 75-man roster. The team still has some more players to be released.

He will likely be placed on the injured reserve at some point during the season, and Ballard is recovering from big knee surgeries (ACL reconstruction and microfracture). A valuable member picked up after the Giants risked waiving him in an effort to transfer him to the injured reserve.

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