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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Patriots host K Rayner, LS Massey

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots hosted veteran kicker Dave Rayner and veteran long snapper Chris Massey on tryouts at Gillette Stadium, the team announced today.

Rayner and Massey highlighted a group of eight players in for workouts, as they were the most experienced player of the free agents in town.

The 28-year-old Rayner has has appeared in 51 career games for the Colts (2005), Packers (2006), Chiefs (2007), Chargers (2008), Bengals (2008) and Lions (2010), and would be an emergency option in the event of injury to Stephen Gostkowski. For some teams, he could be considered more as a kickoff specialist, although Gostkowski is also strong in that area.

Massey, 32, snapped in 135 career games for the Rams from 2002-2010. The Patriots have turned the position over to rookie free agent Danny Aiken this season, and the fact Aiken's name hasn't been mentioned in the first six games would seem to be a positive.

In addition to Rayner and Massey, the Patriots had punters Robert Malone (12 games for the Buccaneers last season) and Spencer Lanning (0 NFL games) in for workouts.

Also, receivers Britt Davis (3 games for the Broncos in 2010) and Jarred Fayson (0 NFL games), and offensive linemen Phil Trautwein (4 games for the Rams in 2009) and Robert Brewster (1 game for the Cowboys in 2010) were in town for workouts.