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Patriots need help at tight end, but Ballard may not be the answer

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The New England Patriots have seen their tight end position go up in the air.

Jake Ballard (Getty Images)

Jake Ballard (Getty Images)

The Patriots once had the best tight end duo in the NFL. But Rob Gronkowski has been filling headlines with surgeries, while Aaron Hernandez is presently in jail for murder, as he is accused of murdering his friend Odin Lloyd.

Yet, the Patriots tight end job is currently open, while Gronkowski recovers from his injuries. But once he returns, they will need a back up to fill the role that Hernandez had for the past several years.

Jake Ballard has been trying to fill that role. But according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Ballard may not even make the Patriots roster.

“He’s struggled so much there’s now even a question whether he’ll make the roster,” were Mort’s words.

Ballard has struggled so much that he has been in and out of practice. He has even battled complications from his recent knee reconstruction and micro fracture surgeries.

Rookie Zach Sudfeld has passed Ballard in the depth chart.

Ballard did not play last season, and played in 14 games during the New York Giants Super Bowl run in 2011. He had 38 receptions for 604 yards and 4 touchdowns.

He also played in a game in 2010 with the Giants, but did not record a reception.

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