Nevada football alum Wes Farnsworth, who has spent time in training camp with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, has signed a free-agent deal with the New England Patriots, giving him a third shot to make it in the NFL.
Farnsworth, a long snapper who played his high school ball at Bishop Manogue High in Reno, played for the Wolf Pack from 2015-18 and was considered one of the best players in the country at his position. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school, picking his hometown Wolf Pack over offers from Ohio State, Washington and others.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Farnsworth was not selected in the 2019 NFL draft but signed with the Miami Dolphins before being cut prior to the season opener. He signed with the Denver Broncos last offseason but lost out on the starting long snapping job before the regular season began.
Farnsworth slides into one of the Patriots' three open roster spots on its 90-man roster, which must be cut down to 53 players before the season opener. Farnsworth is looking to make his first NFL active roster. He's the second long snapper on New England's roster behind Joe Cardona, a two-time Super Bowl champion who the Patriots drafted in the fifth round in 2015. Cardona is a lieutenant in the Navy, so additional depth at that position makes sense for New England even if Cardona is solidly atop the depth chart.
Farnsworth, who played 50 games for Nevada and made five tackles, also was a captain during his senior season of college. He turned 24 last month.
"The New England Patriots just signed my long snapper Wes Farnsworth (University of Nevada, Reno)," his agent, Brett Tessler, tweeted Wednesday. "Talented guy who has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Dolphins and Broncos."