Former Nevada footballer Wes Farnsworth, who spent time in training camp with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots, him giving a third chance to succeed in the NFL.
Farnsworth, a long snapper who played his ball in high school at Bishop Manogue High in Reno, played for the Wolf Pack from 2015 to 2018 and was considered one of the best players in the country in his position. He was a five-star rookie coming out of high school, picking his pack of wolves in his hometown 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 ahead of the season opener. He signed with the Denver Broncos last offseason, but lost the long starting job before the regular season began.
Farnsworth slips into one of the Patriots’ three open spots on its 90-man roster, which is due to be reduced to 53 before the season opens. Farnsworth is looking to make his first active NFL roster. He’s the second long snapper on the New England 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 extra depth in that position. makes sense for New England. even though Cardona is solidly at the top of the depth chart.
Farnsworth, who played 50 games for Nevada and made five tackles, was also captain in his last season in 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. “A talented guy who has spent part of the last two seasons with the Dolphins and Broncos.”