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New England Patriots: With Aaron Hernandez Gone, Can TE Jake Ballard Step Up?

Due to the recent arrest and arraignment of former tight end Aaron Hernandez, could tight end Jake Ballard see some playing time with the New England Patriots? Ballard, an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2010, the three-year veteran caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants in the 2011-12 season for the New York Giants, would be signed by the Patriots after the