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    GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    "In a move that pretty much makes official what was clear back in February
    when Jake
    Ballard tore his anterior cruciate ligament
    in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants have waived Ballard with a
    failed-physical designation.


    The transaction means Ballard is headed to the
    physically-unable-to-perform/reserve list once he likely clears waivers. The
    third-year tight end will likely eventually be placed on injured reserve, where
    he'd then remain for the entire season.




    "Thanks for (the) love everyone but don't worry, its a business," Ballard
    tweeted minutes ago
    . "I'm on the road to recovery, and I believe I'll be in
    a Giants uniform in '13"




    Even Ballard, who helped offset the loss of Kevin Boss last year by grabbing
    38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season, admitted
    recently there was a
    good chance he wouldn't play a down in 2012
    after undergoing surgery to
    repair his ACL and a microfracture procedure as well.




    Ballard's agent, Blake Baratz, noted on Twitter the Giants "did the
    (right) thing"
    by signing Ballard to a one-year deal as an exclusive-rights
    free agent this spring and "intend on him being with them for a long time."




    Ballard's fellow tight end Travis Beckum, who also tore his ACL in the Super
    Bowl, continues to hope he'll be back on the field at some point this season




    Meanwhile, the Giants have re-signed defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, whom
    they cut and then re-signed before last season. Bernard rejoins a corps of
    defensive tackles that is currently without starters Linval Joseph (ankle) and
    Chris Canty (knee), as well as newly signed Shaun Rogers (elbow), heading into
    this week's full-team minicamp. Canty and Rogers have sat out recent OTAs that
    were open to the media; Joseph has done light work on the side. Both Joseph and
    Canty had offseason surgeries.




    Bernard signed a four-year deal with the Giants before the 2009 season. He
    played the first two years under that contract before being unable to reach an
    agreement on a pay cut last summer. He
    was then re-signed
    in early August at the veteran minimum. Last season, he
    appeared in all 16 regular-season games and the team's four playoff games.




    * * * *




    The Giants have released a statement on David Diehl's DWI:




    "Obviously we are aware of the situation, although we have not yet had a
    chance to discuss it with David. Since it is an ongoing legal matter, we will
    refrain from comment at this time, although we will say that David has been an
    outstanding representative of this organization for the past 10 years, and
    nobody knows more than David does what is expected of our players both on and
    off the field."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    Let the ballad hype begin
    Don't take it personal, we're just debating.

    ~Big Mike~


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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    Don't be surprised if he's not back here next season. He was not gong to play this season no matter what.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    The revolving door at TE goes round...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mercury View Post
    We need a tight end,
    repeat, again and again
    ToadofSteel's mantra.

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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    I'm kind of wondering why he wasn't placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Either something is seriously wrong or they weren't all that impressed...

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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]I'm kind of wondering why he wasn't placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Either something is seriously wrong or they weren't all that impressed...[/quote]

    He failed his physical so it's unlikely anyone else will claim him off waivers.
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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    [quote user="Toadofsteel"]The revolving door at TE goes round...[/quote]

    At least Bernard knows the system
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]I'm kind of wondering why he wasn't placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Either something is seriously wrong or they weren't all that impressed...[/quote]




    I think that being on the PUP list takes up a roster spot, and being on IR does not. They had to pass him through waivers to get him on IR.




    Not entirely sure though . . . . .


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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    when he made that last juke on the sidelines in the Superbowl and crumbled in a heap, I raised my beer and said a few kind things about him because that was the last move he'll make in the NFL.


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    Re: GIANTS WAIVE JAKE BALLARD; RE-SIGN ROCKY BERNARD

    [quote user="bansaw"]when he made that last juke on the sidelines in the Superbowl and crumbled in a heap, I raised my beer and said a few kind things about him because that was the last move he'll make in the NFL.

    [/quote]

    I remember that footage as well. Talk about leaving it ALL out on the field.

    I agree he's got an uphill climb, but I wouldn't agree that he's done for sure. T2 had a similar injury and is looking good to playing CB this season.

    Anything's possible.
    We need our coaches to assign playing time based on something other than player salary.

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