The Giants knew it wasn’t a guarantee that injured TE Jake Ballard would sneak through waivers, but it was a calculated risk they took on Monday in what was a plan to avoid having him occupy a roster spot in 2012.
Less than 24 hours later, the plan backfired.
The Patriots, against whom Ballard suffered the torn ACL in Super Bowl XLVI that has him sidelined, surprisingly claimed the tight end before the 4 p.m. deadline, according to his agent Blake Baratz.
Doh! The Giants apparently thought that no one would take a shot on Ballard knowing that he would miss some or all of the 2012 season, but the Patriots came calling. Once he heals, he'll join a stacked TE corps that features both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. His fantasy value is very limited right now.