Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A tight end reunion takes place Sunday
By Kieran Darcy
When the Giants and Bills get together on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will be a reunion of sorts for Giants tight ends Jake Ballard and Bear Pascoe and Bills tight end Scott Chandler.
All three were with the Giants in training camp last summer, all three were eventually cut, and all three are now having success in the NFL.
"I guess that just shows what type of guys we are," Ballard said Wednesday. "We're faced with adversity, we continue to fight through it and we took the best opportunities presented to us and tried to make something happen."
Pascoe, 25, and Ballard, 23, both latched onto the Giants' practice squad following final cutdowns last September -- Pascoe ended up appearing in 15 games (and catching 9 passes), mostly playing fullback after the injury to Madison Hedgecock, while Ballard suited up for one game in December.
Chandler, 26, spent time with both the Cowboys (9 games) and the Bills (4) last season.
This season, Chandler -- who caught one pass all of last year -- already has 12 catches for 101 yards and four touchdowns with the Bills. "Yeah, Scott is having a good year, scoring some touchdowns, so I'm happy for him," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said on Wednesday.
Ballard, meanwhile, has 10 catches for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns with the Giants. And Pascoe has appeared in all five of the team's games as well, with one catch for 17 yards so far. "I am just glad I am getting chances to run routes and get up field," said Ballard, who was undrafted out of Ohio State. "I will do whatever this team asks me or wants me to do."
Pascoe said Wednesday that he hoped to see Chandler before kickoff on Sunday. "Oh yeah, we will probably meet up before the game, say your hi's and how are you's," Pascoe said. "Me and Scott are good friends. We don't chat too much because we are busy, but Scott is a great guy and I still consider him a great friend and I look forward to seeing him."