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Patriots Sign Former Giants Tight End Jake Ballard After Waiver

Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants is attended by the training staff during the game against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Photographer: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants is attended by the training staff during the game against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Photographer: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

June 13 (Bloomberg) -- The New England Patriots yesterday signed tight end Jake Ballard, a day after he failed a physical and was waived by the New York Giants.

Ballard, 24, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Giants’ 21-17 Super Bowl win against the Patriots in February. He spent the past two seasons with the Giants after entering the National Football League as a rookie free agent out of Ohio State University.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Ballard caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns last season, when he played in 14 regular-season games, with 13 starts. He had five postseason receptions, including two against the Patriots in the Super Bowl before his injury.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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