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Chiefs To Work Out TE Jake Ballard


The Kansas City Chiefs will be working out a handful of players on Tuesday, including former New York Giants TE, Jake Ballard.

From Jason La Canfora, via Twitter:

This make sense. Despite the fact that the Chiefs just got Anthony Fasano back and have uncovered Sean McGrath, the team still had to place rookie Travis Kelce on IR so the TE position is perhaps not as deep as they would like.

Just because the Chiefs are working Ballard out, it doesn’t mean they will sign him right away. The players have an off day on Tuesdays and so NFL teams often work out players on that day. That way, in case the team experiences some injuries at certain positions later in the season, they have an idea of what kind of shape the veterans free agents are in.

That said, GM John Dorsey has shown he isn’t afraid to turn over the bottom of the roster so if he likes what he sees from Ballard, he well could cut a player to make room for him. Chances are, that player would be third-string TE Kevin Brock.

Ballard played his college ball at Ohio State and signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI but tore his ACL during the game. The Giants put Ballard on IR after the season but NFL rules demanded he pass through waivers and he was claimed by the New England Patriots. After spending 2012 on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, Ballard was cut by the Patriots on August 30th of 2013.

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  • tm1946

    TE seems to be a position Reid values. Why not?

    • Blake Molina

      Absolutely, with a west coast offense and an evolving passing game through the league, TE’s are as valuable as ever

  • Jim Harper

    If Ballard is 100% then he would be a very nice fit. McGrath had a nice start, but has not done much since. I suspect the Pats let him go in anticipation of Gronk’s return.

  • KCMikeG

    If he’s healthy then this would be a good move. The TE position is critical in Reid’s WCO. Having Fasano back is making a difference, Ballard and The Beard rounding out the position would be be an improvement to an area of importance. Brock needs some practice squad work.

    • berttheclock

      Taking Kelce made a great deal of sense. He really fits playing more than just TE. However, did you notice the very next TE taken in the draft, although several spots lower, was Jordan Reed out of Florida who caught 9 passes for the Redskins on Sunday? I wonder if Dorsey had considered him, but, believed he opted for the better TE. Kelce’s injury just ended up being a bit of very bad luck.

  • Tony Parker

    he looks huge, how big is this guy?

  • scomstock55

    I would rather have Tony Scheffler. Faster, a good blocker, and superior in pass catching ability to Fasano. Fasano may be better all around, but Scheffler can stretch the field.