Giants cut TE Ballard, re-sign Bernard
The New York Giants waived starting tight end Jake Ballard after
he failed a physical exam Monday.
Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee
during the Giants’ Super Bowl victory over New England in February.
In his second pro season, Ballard had a breakout year with 38
receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He had five catches
for 43 yards in the postseason before being hurt.
Ballard stepped in last season after the Giants lost starter
Kevin Boss to Oakland in free agency. Ballard’s most important
contributions came in a win at New England, where he caught four
passes for 67 yards, including a 28-yarder on third-and-10 that set
up his winning 1-yard touchdown reception with 15 seconds
The Giants have seven tight ends on the roster, including
holdovers Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum – who tore his right ACL in
the Super Bowl – and free agent signee Martellus Bennett.
Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard was re-signed. The 33-year-old
Bernard is entering his 11th NFL season and fourth with the Giants.
He joined the team as a free agent in 2009 after seven years with
Seattle and has played in 148 regular-season games with 55 starts,
and 12 postseason games with eight starts.
Bernard had a strong performance in a wild-card victory over
Atlanta when he twice sacked Matt Ryan.