Found November 08, 2011 on Giants Football Blog:
By the time the clock hit zero in Foxboro, Jake Ballard had officially been upgraded from “unsung hero” to “hero.” In what has been a breakout season, Ballard had his most important performance yet, catching four passes for 67 yards, including a huge 28-yard grab on the final drive, and, of course, the game winning touchdown. Most tellingly about Ballard’s ascent, the Giants had three chances to get in the end zone from the one yard line, and they ran plays towards Ballard on two of those three tries. You think Eli trusts him? Ballard’s 395 yards are good for 9th in the NFL among tight ends. He has more yards than JerMichael Finley, Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen and Aaron Hernandez. Ballard doesn’t have the explosive talent or athleticism of these aforementioned tight ends, but he has surprisingly soft hands, does a great job of getting open, and has an elite quarterback throwing to him. It’s a great recipe for success. Ballard now joins Victor Cruz as players who have gone from unlikel...
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