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Brown's Farnham signs on with Pats

Brown University receiver Buddy Farnham, who took part in the Patriots' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, will be sticking around a bit longer. Farnham has signed a contract with the team, according to a source.

Robert Lee of the Providence Journal wrote about Farnham's presence at camp, including comments from Brown coach Phil Estes. Farnham looked quick in the short and intermediate areas of the field, decisively getting in and out of his breaks.

The Patriots are well stocked at receiver, so a player like Farnham faces some long odds to earn a roster spot. His best shot to stick with the club probably will come on the practice squad.

At the same time, Farnham's story figures to resonate locally, as he is from Andover, Mass., and can now say that he had a chance to suit up for his hometown team.

At Brown, Farnham couldn't have done much more to catch the eye of NFL scouts. In 2009, he was the Ivy League player of the year, and also earned the 71st annual George Bulger Lowe Award, “New England’s Heisman Trophy,” presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.