Played better than I expected too. I never said a bad thing about his play. But nobody here can tell me with a straight face that they were excited when we signed Jake Ballard.....especially you Bleedin. And this has been my argument all along.
Bleedin, if you can find me one article where TC and/or Eli gave ANY type of opinion (good or bad or indifferent) on the Jake Ballard signing before he stepped foot on the field as a NY Giant, I'll happily eat crow. To say that TC and Eli are sad to see him go now, is a completely moot point. It doesn't back your word against mine at all. Of course they are upset. Why wouldn't they be?
No one gets excited about players on the practice squad. Not enough information to go on. We've also had Christian Hopkins on the practice squad off and on since 2008 and he's dangling a Super Bowl ring on his finger. He's smaller than Ballard at 6'5", 255 and he didn't play in a big time program like Ohio State against Big Ten competition or a couple of Rose Bowls the way Ballard did, but I have kept an eye on him. I don't think he's going to be brought up if he hasn't touched the field on Sundays in 4 years.
Regardless....TC and Eli weren't "sad", they were "angry". And Eli said in an ESPN interview yesterday that Ballard was a big part of their future and he was truly disappointed in losing him (but what does he know? surely not as much as fans on a message board, but I digress). And the coach and QB aren't angry and disappointed because they are so shallow that they hold grudges against Belichick....it's because they knew Ballard was coming along just fine and fit in very well with the program and where they want to head. And as big an asshole as Belichick is....he didn't grab an injured scrub TE off the waiver line unless he also realized Ballard was a quality player. If Ballard was a scrub or a nobody.....the Patriots wouldn't have looked at him twice and there would've been zero emotion from TC and Eli and the Pats wouldn't have pissed away a half million dollars just to make TC angry for a week or two. The player who gained the most in this deal is Pascoe because with Robinson and Bennett coming in, it was going to shake out for him to be nudged out of a job. Personally, I like Pascoe....but Ballard was 2 years younger, a little bigger, far better hands, and had proven in his rookie year that he could move the ball.