It had been a year and a half since tight end Jake Ballard last stepped onto a game field so forgive him for getting overly excited during tonight's preseason opener against the Eagles.

"It was so much fun" Ballard said. "After that first play broke and (Stevan) Ridley took it I don’t know 60 yards I was so pumped. It was great to just be back on the field and be part of the team. We punched that first one in and I was so excited I ended up running to the sideline forgetting I was on field goal and I had to run back out there. It felt really good to be back out there."

Ballard started with the first-team offense and was a sound blocker though he wasn't targeted with any passes. But after enduring a long road to recovery which still isn't complete Ballard was just ecstatic to take another step.