Rasby, known for his blocking more than his receiving skills, was with the Patriots during training camp this season. Rasby last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. If signed, the 6-foot-3, 252-pound veteran would likely take on some of the blocking duties assigned to Daniel Graham while Graham would move into the receiving role Watson handled as Tom Brady's No. 1 receiving target.
|TE Walter Rasby stands waiting for a drill at Patriots training camp in Foxborough Mass. July 28, 2006 (Photo: PatriotsInsider.com)|
Hall, also more of a blocking tight end, originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1998. He spent time with the Packers, Saints and Falcons before returning to the Saints in 2005.
The tryouts - and the open roster spot -- fuel speculation that the Patriots will add another tight end to the roster to fill in for the injured Watson.
Watson was hurt in the loss to Miami on Sunday after colliding with a pair of Dolphin defenders on a deep middle pass route. After the hit, Watson was slow to get up and had to be attended to by the medical staff.
Head coach Bill Belichick preferred to wait for the league's mandatory injury report on Wednesday before disclosing the extent of Watson's injury.
"Everybody is sore," Belichick responded when asked about Watson and Vince Wilfork's injuries during his Monday press conference. "Everybody is getting treatment. We'll see where we are on Wednesday. The crystal ball is a little cloudy today."
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