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Packers giving Colt Lyerla a tryout this weekend

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One of the more talented players eligible for the NFL Draft wasn’t even drafted.

But for the weekend at least, the Packers are willing to give tight end Colt Lyerla a chance.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com tweeted out a picture of the Packers rookie minicamp roster, which listed Lyerla among the tryout players.

Lyerla had a load of off-field issues at Oregon, and a drug arrest shortly after leaving school last fall, which made him radioactive during the draft.

He also fell victim to the modern plague of saying stupid things on Twitter, which some people take more seriously than drugs.

There’s no doubt Lyerla can play, but the fact he’s singing for his supper in Green Bay this weekend shows how nervous teams are about guys with character concerns.

 

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  1. ishallcomment says: May 16, 2014 12:30 PM

    I’d like to see the kid get right,

    I’d say odds are pretty long though.

    Green Bay (provided he stays there) should be a good place to keep him out of trouble.

  2. thevikingslol says: May 16, 2014 12:30 PM

    Just what the Packers need… Another talented TE who is prone to saying stupid things on twitter.

  3. abninf says: May 16, 2014 12:30 PM

    Dang, I don’t think even Jerry Jones would have touched this guy during the 90′s when anything went. Says a lot about the character of the Packers organization.

  4. lambeauphan says: May 16, 2014 12:31 PM

    Sounds like our last TE……

  5. bennyb82 says: May 16, 2014 12:33 PM

    Get off the Twitter…

  6. uwsptke says: May 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    By “tryout”, I hope they mean “full mental evaluation.” People can overcome drug/addiction issues, but it’s hard to overcome saying stupid things about the Sandy Hook shootings.

  7. idolized1 says: May 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    Don’t get me wrong – I hate it as much as the next guy when a player on my team gets in legal trouble, but am I the only fan left that could care less about a players “character?”

    I would rather win with a team full of cons than lose with a team full of choir boys.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: May 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    I’m surprised the Vikings didn’t draft him in the first round. He seems brighter than most of their players and fans.

    Remember when they took Cordarelle Patterson? The guy who scored worst than most 7 year olds on the wonderlic?

  9. chefartstl says: May 16, 2014 12:49 PM

    I wondered who’d be the first to cave and bring him in. God bless the Pack for trying; if there is one live brain cell in his thick skull the kid could be phenomenal. To be sure the cheese heads with keep in on a VERY SHORT leash. If he doesn’t get this right he’s done with football!

  10. beerbratscheese says: May 16, 2014 12:52 PM

    I realize Johnny Jolly is not currently on the roster, but I wonder if the Packers could introduce these two. Jolly appears to have finally been able to defeat his demons, and he could have a positive effect on this kid.

    Whether he makes the Packers roster or not, I hope he finds a way to turn his life around.

  11. atthemurph says: May 16, 2014 12:57 PM

    I doubt he’s grown up enough to make it but as Hillary Clinton would say about him coming to rookie camp, “What difference does it make?”

  12. tundra67 says: May 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    Like the talent – dislike the character.

    Oh well maybe he’s worth a shot, if the whole experience of circling the drain on the way out of college and going undrafted has turned him around and gotten his head on straight …

  13. voiceofrealism says: May 16, 2014 1:23 PM

    He said some stupid things and got arrested for cocaine possession. Big deal. It’s not like he tortured and murdered a bunch of dogs for fun and profit like Vick, who is still in the league.

  14. gnarlswoodson says: May 16, 2014 1:25 PM

    I love it. Hope he sticks around.

  15. ariani1985 says: May 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Yes, that scraping you hear is the bottom of the barrel………

    #Erin

  16. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    Brett Favre

  17. chaseutley says: May 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    Best of luck to him and the Packers, but Chip Kelly not pouncing on him as an UDFA tells you something.

  18. tobis81 says: May 16, 2014 2:10 PM

    Seattle is dumb for not bringing this local guy to camp…

  19. pleazenufalready says: May 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    People thought Jerramy Stevens was worth the risk, too…..how’d that work out?

  20. duluthfan says: May 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    If the vikings had picked him up, all the comments would be turned around to giving them crap for doing it. Just stating facts folks.

  21. rosstuckershair says: May 16, 2014 3:46 PM

    I’m surprised the Vikings didn’t draft him in the first round. He seems brighter than most of their players and fans.

    Remember when they took Cordarelle Patterson? The guy who scored worst than most 7 year olds on the wonderlic?…

    Yet in one game Cordarelle made the Pro Bowl and out performed the entire Packer 1st round draft choices since 2010. Jones, Perry, Sherrod, Bulaga..ouch

  22. sportsbastard says: May 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    You kinda have to root for someone with the nickname “Ankle Bracelet”

  23. nicofthenorthstar says: May 16, 2014 3:58 PM

    This character sounds like a good fit for GB.

  24. gbmickey says: May 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Yet in one game Cordarelle made the Pro Bowl and out performed the entire Packer 1st round draft choices since 2010. Jones, Perry, Sherrod, Bulaga..ouch

    A pro bowl is one of two claims to fame for the Viking posters. How did all the pro bowl players help you crawl out of the cellar? Oh that’s right you own that position much like the Packers own the queens. Even with 3 of those picks injured we won the division and made the playoffs for the 6th straight season. What an empty feeling you fans must have living in the Packers shadow.

  25. axespray says: May 16, 2014 4:22 PM

    Viking fans bragging about the pro bowl even thou their team finished last in the division again….

    Go figure.

  26. peopletrains says: May 16, 2014 5:12 PM

    “Yet in one game Cordarelle made the Pro Bowl”…

    Unfortunately that says more about the ridiculousness of the Pro Bowl voting process than it does about Cordarelle or the Packers’ first-round picks since 2010.

  27. rosstuckershair says: May 16, 2014 5:18 PM

    The Packers have one player. Last year it was proven that Ted has no interest in putting talent around him. 4 wins in a season would be a stretch without him….Just like 1970-1992 Packer fans…Remember those? Randy Wrong, Zeke Bratkowski…Brett Fullwood, Tony Mandarich

  28. jjh1982 says: May 16, 2014 5:34 PM

    Remember Christian Ponder enough said

  29. haaaaasoooooo says: May 16, 2014 5:43 PM

    So this guy is a tweeker who uses twitter? Both sound like real problems

  30. morg14 says: May 16, 2014 6:25 PM

    “He who is without sin may cast the first stone”

    I have had the privilege of growing up with Colt and it is absolutely appalling to me that people who only know what the media says about him can make judgements on his character. Everyone screws up but it is not anyone’s place to say if they believe he has grown up or not without even knowing him personally. Colt will get through all of this and he will be a better person because of it. I have never known Colt to be anything less than humble and he is always the first to admit when he has made a mistake. He is a bright young man with a gift for the game and it should be utilized by someone. I just hope that comments from people like the many above don’t screw it up for him.

  31. packsoldier says: May 16, 2014 6:37 PM

    “Uhhh….remember when your team was bad 25 years ago?”

    Epic smack, Viking fans. Now remind me how many world championships your team has.

    Don’t like Lyerla at all, but it doesn’t hurt to kick the tires.

  32. fubar000 says: May 16, 2014 6:49 PM

    Talented guy and would be another excellent weapon for Aaron Rodgers but his off field issues are a sure turn off! Maybe if he gets his acts together, us-Packer Nation would welcome him with open arms

  33. bassplucker says: May 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    To be honest, I’m shocked some team didn’t take a flyer on him in the 6th or 7th round. His talent has been widely lauded, and his off-field issues, while not insignificant, aren’t above and beyond some of the other guys in the league. I get the feeling there may be more bad stuff in this guy’s closet than us normal Joes know about, and that’s why he’s scrapping to land a spot as an UDFA.

  34. packerbacker2008 says: May 16, 2014 9:39 PM

    If the young man is talented enough and earns his rooster spot they will include similiar clauses in which jerry jones included in dez bryants contract. No social media curfew etc. Green bay will have an even more deadly offense with colt include.

  35. gbpshareholder says: May 17, 2014 12:01 AM

    Colt Lyerla is a great athlete… seems to me if he keeps his head down, mouth shut and works hard, he might be able to take care of his family after all… he has the physical attributes MM loves at TE, as long as he stays out of the spotlight off the field and works hard on the field he has a good shot at making the team…

  36. roryrolex says: May 17, 2014 2:13 AM

    I know him personally. This is his Destiny and he wont let anything get in his way, especially line backers and safeties. He knows he did wrong and his back is against the wall, but above that wall there should be a ceiling for potential and theirs not one. The sky’s the limit for him and this story will be a good book one day, but I’m willing to bet a even better movie. The green bay beast is about to feast. Your welcome Aaron Rodgers. You just got a steal that will seal the deal on your way to getting your hall of fame jacket.

  37. disgustinguished says: May 17, 2014 7:26 AM

    I’m a little surprised Seattle didn’t give him a tryout, but glad the pack are willing to take a chance on him. The kid has some of the best tape of any of the TEs picked.

    I’m really looking forward to this season and watching the Packers destroy the Vikings. Not just for the obvious reasons, but because I’m so curious to see if the Vikings fans still show up and spew their nonsense, or if its crickets. #skum!

  38. wafflestomp says: May 17, 2014 6:52 PM

    Oh, they’ll still spew their nonsense.
    Only it will be along the lines of “The Packers got lucky!”, or “The refs screwed us again!”. It is a never ending theme for them.

    Then they’ll skulk back to go under whatever rocks they came from.

    Boring but predictable.

  39. gimmeabruschi says: May 18, 2014 8:14 PM

    The Packers apparently aren’t encumbered by the drama queen syndrome that effects the rest of the decision making stooges in the NFL.

  40. outsiderc50t says: May 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    I’m not quite sure if I understand people saying that Green Bay is a great place for guys with character issues that need to be addressed.

    If someone has the desire to self-destruct via substance abuse or otherwise poor decisions, I think they’ll do that regardless of their location. Large or small market, this day in age you can find trouble anywhere. And this comes from a guy who grew up in GB and believes it to be a great place to live.

    Maybe people are referring to the Packer Administration when they say it’s a great fit. But, these are men who make their own decisions and coach isn’t around 24/7.

    Both Colt and the Pack can benefit a ton from this relationship. I just hope he decides it’s worth making smart choices.

  41. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Can I remind everyone that he just came in for the tryout? The Packers haven’t sign him and very well might decline to do so.

    Its one thing to mock a guy who wasn’t even drafted for bad character, its quite another to put your QB, and several other team vets on a Love Boat. Talk about bad character.

  42. vikescry1 says: May 20, 2014 11:27 PM

    abninf says:
    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM
    Dang, I don’t think even Jerry Jones would have touched this guy during the 90′s when anything went. Says a lot about the character of the Packers organization. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————– we all know your perfect so no second chance?

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