Q - With TE Rob Gronkowski a PUP candidate and now [TE Aaron Hernandez], how big a move was it snagging TE Jake Ballard.
Garafolo - Huge. He's almost 100%.
Ballard is coming off reconstructive knee surgery after getting hurt in the Super Bowl in 2012 while with the Giants. Ballard will turn 26 in December. He caught 38 passes for over 600 yards during the 2011 season along with four TDs. With the uncertainty of the Patriot TEs, it's possible Ballard has a role on New England by the time the season comes around. There's a lot that will have to shake out first, though, before Ballard becomes a target in drafts.