Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Associated Press
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hands off to running back Joseph Addai during an NFL football team workout in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots running back Joseph Addai carries the ball during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Ballard, 24, spent two seasons with the Giants after being signed as a rookie free agent from Ohio State in 2010. He was released by the Giants on Monday after he failed a physical. Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Giants' Super Bowl victory over New England in February.
In his second pro season, Ballard had 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He had five catches for 43 yards in the postseason before being injured.
Herman, 22, joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Iowa last month.
The only player reported as missing from Tuesday's workout was offensive lineman Brian Waters, who was excused for personal reasons, coach Bill Belichick said. Waters, an All-Pro last year, his 12th in the league, is said to be mulling retirement.
"We have a number of players that aren't participating for one reason or another," Belichick said. "Whoever is out there is getting the work, they're learning, they're getting the opportunities and the reps. The guys that aren't there obviously aren't. It's an opportunity for the guys that are out there."
Waters, 35, played 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before signing with New England for last season.
Having come from Indianapolis, Addai said he thinks he's prepared for a New England offense that is considered one of the more complicated playbooks in the league.
"It's the NFL. It's professional ball so everything is going to be complicated," he said. "It's how you go about it. Am I getting it? I feel like I'm getting it. But at the same time you will make your mistakes and you're supposed to learn from that and that's what I'm doing."
Also Tuesday, receiver Wes Welker, who signed a $9.5 million franchise tender and has until July 16 to work out a long-term deal, said he was happy for Rob Gronkowski, who signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension that is the largest ever given to a tight end in NFL history.
"I'm not worried about that at all," Welker said. "Right now I'm here, I'm happy. I'm just here and try to help our team win in 2012."