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Rookie Watch: WR Farmer Looks To Follow Father's Route To The NFL

(Editor's Note: With the offseason practices now complete, the Cowboys will take some downtime before departing for training camp on July 28. Until then, let's focus on some of the more unknown rookies on this team, fighting for a roster spot. Today's featured player is wide receiver George Farmer.)

Name:George Farmer
Position:Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 220
Acquired: Undrafted Free Agent

Collegiate Career:Farmer arrived at USC with great expectations as the nation's No. 1 high school receiver recruit out of Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.). He appeared in only 24 games in three seasons for the Trojans, however, playing sparingly his first two years and then redshirting in 2013 due to a knee injury. Farmer returned healthy for his junior year and finally cracked the starting lineup four times, tallying 25 catches for 314 yards. With a 4.35 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day, Farmer showed scouts he's got NFL speed.

Did You Know?His father, George, played in the NFL for the Rams and Dolphins.

2015 Outlook: The Cowboys signed four other rookie free agent receivers to compete for a backup receiver spot left by the departing Dwayne Harris: Lucky Whitehead, Deontay Greenberry, Nick Harwell and Antwan Goodley. Farmer received a large signing bonus for an undrafted player ($15,000), so clearly the Cowboys saw the natural ability that made him a blue chip high school prospect. But he'll have to separate himself as a pass-catcher and special teams contributorwith kick return experience. He began to stand out in minicamp, catching four passes from Brandon Weeden in a single series.

Scout's Take: Nice size for the position. Not much initial quickness or power off the line when facing the press. Will come back to the ball. Works to get open. Can take his route across the middle and make the contested catch. Will need some serious work on his routes. Able to adjust to the ball down the middle of the field. Will go get the ball. Not as much separation for his speed. – Bryan Broaddus

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