Found June 14, 2012 on thepigskinreport.com:
The New York Giants waived TE Jake Ballard earlier this week with the team planning to re-sign the injured player and place him on the injured reserve list. The best laid plans sometime go awry as the New England Patriots swooped in and plucked the tight end off the waiver wire, keeping him from returning to the Giants. The Patriots shrewd move has drawn the ire of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “Discouraged is a minor description. Very disappointed,” Coghlin told reporters about the move. Ballard will not be able to play this season while he is rehabbing from ACL surgery but the Patriots will now store him on the injured reserve list hoping for him to return to full health in 2013. The Patriots are known for their history of working the wavier wire adroitly, stockpiling draft choices and getting significant production from veteran players which other teams have discarded. This is just another move in a long list of such moves. Ballard was a significant part of the Super B...
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