"Eli talked to me," Ballard said. "I wasn't just sitting there listening to what everyone else said. It felt good. That's how this whole week and training camp has gone. I'm one of the guys they are depending on and I am ready to carry the load."
"I have been waiting for this for two years," said Ballard, who spent most of last season on the Giants practice squad until being signed to the active roster late in the season. "I played in one game and now I am getting the nod to start, so I am very excited."