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More than blocks, Ballard's got hands

Undrafted free-agent Jake Ballard is on track to his surpass his predecessor

Updated: October 25, 2011, 11:46 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

When Kevin Boss bolted for Oakland in August, most Giants fans panicked.

Jake Ballard, for one, heard their reaction loud and clear.

"They thought we needed a tight end and wanted me out pretty much. [They thought,] 'Oh, he's a big, slow, blocking tight end, he's not going to catch any passes,'" Ballard said.

And he understood the sentiment.

When Boss left, the Giants were left with three underwhelming options to replace him: Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe ...

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