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Ballard: 'Humbled by opportunity'

Injured tight end Jake Ballard, who was claimed by the Patriots on Tuesday, released the following statement on Tuesday evening, as tweeted by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter:

"While this was very sudden and I am still experiencing a great deal of differing emotions, I wanted to take a moment to say Thank You and place some closure on a wonderful chapter in my life. I will greatly miss my teammates, the fans, the organization, and albeit short-lived, I will forever cherish all the great memories that we created during my time in a Giant uniform. Simultaneously, I am humbled by the opportunity that the Patriots have afforded me and as I have always done, I will bring nothing but hard work, professionalism, and integrity to what is already a world class organization. Sincerely, Jake Ballard."