FOXBORO -- As the Patriots continue to build offensive chemistry, some question marks remain. One of those would be tight end Jake Ballard.
Ballard has yet to record a reception while playing in New England's first two preseason games. Still, Bill Belichick likes what he sees, especially with Ballard's blocking skills, which is how he's been primarily used so far.
"Jake’s been pretty consistent all through camp," said Belichick before Monday's practice. "He’s been dependable on a day-to-day basis. He’s got some experience. Big guy, long, he’s got good blocking skill. He’s done a good job in the passing game.
"I think with him, it’s just keeping it day by day. He keeps improving, gains more confidence and he gains more experience, builds up his overall stamina and conditioning. He’s in good condition but just playing football, playing condition. I think we’ve had a good pace with him and he’s been able to have steady improvement through the entire course of camp, which has been good."