A closer look at the eight players that the Patriots worked out Tuesday
|10.18.11 at 4:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the following players were worked out by the team: wide receivers Britt Davis and Jarred Fayson; kicker Dave Rayner; long snapper Chris Massey; punters Robert Malone and Spencer Lanning; offensive linemen Phil Trautwein and Robert Brewster. Here’s a little bit on each player:
Davis: He’s 6-foot-3 wide receiver out of Northern Illinois who has played for the Jets and the Broncos. A 25-year-old, he played three games with Denver in 2010 and did not register a catch.
Fayson: A 24-year-old out of Illinois (he also played some collegiate ball at Florida), he’s a 6-foot, 215-pound wide receiver who has yet to register any stats at the professional level.
Rayner: A Michigan State product, he’s probably the most well-known of the group of players who the Patriots took a look at. Rayney has kicked for a laundry list of teams, including Indianapolis (2005), Green Bay (2006), Kansas City (2007), San Diego (2007), Miami (2008), Detroit (2008 and 2010), Cincinnati (2008 and 2010), Washington (2009) and Dallas (2011).
Massey: A nine-year veteran, the 32-year-old out of Marshall has served as the long snapper for St. Louis from 2002 until 2010. A 6-foot, 237-pounder, he latched on with the Panthers at the start of camp, but was waived on Aug. 30.
Malone: A Fresno State product, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was released before the start of camp, and ended up spending the bulk of the season with Tampa Bay, where he averaged 41.5 yards per punt.
Lanning: A South Carolina product, he got an invitation to camp this summer with the Bears.
Trautwein: A 6-foot-6, 308-pound tackle out of Florida, Trautwein was an undrafted free agent who debuted with the Rams in 2009. He also suited up for the Browns in 2009 before returning to St. Louis later that same year. For what it’s worth, Trautwein does appear to have some positional versatility, having played some tight end as a collegian.
Brewster: A 6-foot-4, 325-pounder out of Ball State, Brewster was a tackle as a collegian who can reportedly also play some guard. A two-time All-MAC selection, he spent the last two seasons in Dallas and played in one game with the Cowboys.