Weekly Rewind: Aeneas’ Speech, Ballard’s Done, Extreme Cheerleaders and more

Can you hear it? The cadence of a quarterback calling out coverage, the smashing of helmets and pads, fans cheering and the referee’s whistle? We can and that means only one thing; it’s time for the Arizona Cardinals first preseason football game. They take on Houston tonight and we’ll have more on that in our next post. Before you wash your jersey and start painting your face...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Arians expected Ballard's retirement

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wasn't surprised by tight end Jake Ballard's decision to retire on Thursday due to chronic knee pain.  "I was in pain watching him try to make it through those practices," Arians said. "You could tell it was getting worse instead of better. "He had a nice few OTAs where it looked like it was going to get better but the last MRI, he...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jake Ballard Calls It A Career

The Arizona Cardinals lost a tight end as Jake Ballard retired suddenly from the team yesterday afternoon. Ballard played four seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals. Ballard won a Super Bowl with New York but that win came with a heavy price tag. In that game, Ballard suffered a serious knee injury that knocked him out of the game...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Mallett to start Patriots preseason opener, Jake Ballard retires

Getty Images The New England Patriots have confirmed reports that Ryan Mallett will start the teams preseason opener against the Washington Redskins. Mallett, a fourth year Patriots backup quarterback is heading into the final year of his rookie contract that he signed as a third round pick in 2011.  This is the Patriots chance to increase his trade value, as the Patriots drafted Jimmy...
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals TE Ballard picks 'quality of life' over football

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals tight end room got a little less crowded when veteran Jake Ballard announced his retirement Wednesday in a statement that appeared first on Pro Football Talk. "Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football," Ballard said.  "I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember.  After...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals TE Jake Ballard Announces Retirement

  Arizona Cardinals TE Jake Ballard announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. “Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football,” Ballard said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk.  “I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember.  After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

The Arizona Cardinals are going to have some tough decisions to make at the tight end position for this coming season and it is going to be a battle to watch as training camp unfolds. Rob Housler and Jake Ballard are the only two players back on the team after last season. Housler still has one season left on his contract while Ballard re-signed in free agency. The Cardinals added...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Injury Update: Jake Ballard

Tight end Jake Ballard had a primary role for the New York Giants in 2011, with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, but he suffered a major knee injury in the Super Bowl in February of 2012 and was put on waivers that summer. The New England Patriots surprisingly claimed Ballard knowing he wouldn't play in 2012, and he never played a meaningful...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals interested in acquiring Mike Glennon from Buccaneers?

The Arizona Cardinals are heading into a season that is actually expected to be a fairly competitive one, and they could be looking to make a move to ensure that their future looks brighter as well. According to a report from the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals could be looking to acquire second-year quarterback Mike Glennon from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has reportedly...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Sign TE Jake Ballard and DE Frostee Rucker

Darren Urban of the reports that TE Jake Ballard has been re-singed to a one year contract and DE Frostee Rucker had his contract extended by two years. Ballard, 26, was limited in action this season as he appeared in eight games and started just three.  Ballard figures to continue to provide depth for the Cardinals moving forward. Rucker, 30, appeared in all 16...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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