A few years ago, former New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard seemed to having a promising start to his NFL career. After going undrafted out of Ohio State in 2010, Ballard was an important to piece to the Giants 2011 Super Bowl run. However, Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl that year, and his career has never recovered.
In 2011, Ballard had 38 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns in 14 regular season appearances. He also added 43 yards in the post season for the Giants. In 2012, the New England Patriots claimed him when the Giants tried to stash him on injured reserve, even though it was known that Ballard would miss the season. However, the Patriots cut him earlier this year, even with their lack of depth at the position.
However, it Ballard may get another chance sooner rather than later. According to Pro Football Talk, Ballard has spent the past four weeks working with trainers and medical professionals to get back to 100 percent. Teams have since wanted to bring him in for tryouts, and it appear that he will pick a team later this week, if they are still interested in him.
And they should be at least interested.