The Seahawks shuffled some things around on their practice squad on Tuesday, signing DB George Farmer and releasing LB Eric Pinkins.
Farmer was a late addition to Seattle's training-camp 90-man roster and apparently did enough during his time here to earn another extended look. He's a college wide receiver and a former five-star recruit -- the #1 receiver in the nation out of high school and the #3 overall prospect -- that committed to the Trojans but never really panned out due to a number of factors, including injuries.
Farmer tore his ACL and MCL and missed the entire 2013 season, then caught 25 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2014 at USC. Farmer was a non-Combine-invite but after a strong pro day in which he reportedly ran the 40 in 4.35 seconds, he entered the Draft despite still having a year of eligibility. He went undrafted but was apparently pursued pretty hotly in rookie free agency, nabbing $55,000 in guaranteed money from the Cowboys (a $15,000 signing bonus plus $40,000 in salary).
Seattle has a history of converting receivers into defensive backs and Farmer definitely profiles as a great candidate for it at 6'1 with 33-inch arms and a blazing 40 time. As Pete Carroll has said in the past, the team believes they can take great athletes and develop them into their system. Carroll said that first and foremost, when scouting potential cornerbacks, "One, we want fast guys, and long guys, that's what we're looking for. Then," added Carroll, "they've been indoctrinated into the system."
Meanwhile, Pinkins flashed at times during the preseason but was a part of the team's final roster cuts. I would imagine he'll be on speed-dial for Seattle and it wouldn't surprise if he was back on the practice squad this season down the road. This rotation of the practice squad personnel is definitely standard operating procedure for Seattle.
The Seahawks also work out a bevy of players on every Tuesday, and two of those players this week are defensive linemen Deandre Coleman and Quanterus Smith, per ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. Keep an eye on those names in the future.