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Packers sign TE Colt Lyerla, DE Khyri Thornton

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The Packers gave tight end Colt Lyerla a tryout at their rookie minicamp over the weekend.

Now, they are apparently set to give him a longer audition.

The club said Monday it had signed Lyerla, the ex-Oregon star whose collegiate career was marked by a number of off-field incidents.

Lyerla joins six other tight ends on the Packers’ roster, including third-round pick Richard Rodgers and veterans Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick. The Packers’ top player at the position in recent years, Jermichael Finley, remains an unrestricted free agent.

In addition to signing Lyerla, the Packers announced they had reached a deal with third-round pick Khyri Thornton, a defensive end from Southern Mississippi. Thornton (6-3, 304) notched 39 tackles (6.5 for loss) and a half-sack as a senior for the Golden Eagles. He’s likely to be a reserve in his first season with Green Bay.

In other transactions Monday, the Packers signed two undrafted rookies — Hawaii safety Charles Clay and Miami (Fla.) defensive end Luther Robinson — and waived second-year tight end Raymond Webber.

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48 Responses to “Packers sign TE Colt Lyerla, DE Khyri Thornton”
  1. packfntk says: May 19, 2014 7:29 PM

    If he keeps his nose clean this could be a fantastic signing. Waiting to see if he makes the team but glad he got a shot.

  2. mavajo says: May 19, 2014 7:31 PM

    This Colt kid is interesting. By all accounts, he has all the potential in the world. Will be interesting to see if he can capitalize on it.

  3. boomboombrown says: May 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    Additions to a long line of draft and free agent bust!

  4. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2014 7:44 PM

    Lyerla is a specimen. This kid could be a starter if he put his mind to it. Great signing .

  5. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: May 19, 2014 7:44 PM

    *future hall of famer colt lyerla

  6. adoombray says: May 19, 2014 7:47 PM

    I’d rather give the kid a shot than bring back Jermichael Finley, who we KNOW will drop passes when it matters, might as well play somebody who doesn’t do that. Finley has had more than enough “potential” time

  7. elliottcovert says: May 19, 2014 7:50 PM

    Stay classy Green Bay Packers

  8. packsoldier says: May 19, 2014 7:51 PM

    Low risk, high reward. They’d better have him on a tight leash though. Tremendous opportunity for the kid to turn his life around.

  9. gbmickey says: May 19, 2014 7:56 PM

    Hopefully his past can be chalked up to youthful indiscretion. Im sure he will be on a short leash while more than likely being his only shot in the NFL hope he makes the most of it.

  10. rho1953 says: May 19, 2014 8:03 PM

    I believe in second chances and redemption. He will be on a short leash, a major faux pas will be the end of his career in Green Bay. Shoot, I had some close calls myself.

  11. jimmysee says: May 19, 2014 8:03 PM

    The kid needs to rent a flat in Green Bay, stick his nose in the playbook and spend time in the weight room.

    The Packers have the veteran leadership to keep him on the straight and narrow.

  12. noleitup says: May 19, 2014 8:07 PM

    I hope this kid can clean up his act because he is just too young and talented.

  13. fartweasel says: May 19, 2014 8:11 PM

    Best signings of the off season of any team. All future hall of famers. TT is a genius.

  14. jkaflagg says: May 19, 2014 8:13 PM

    Would be curious to know how many teams pursued Lyerla as an undrafted free agent…..no doubt he has huge character risks, but there is virtually no downside to bringing him in; if he settles down you get a talented player, and if he acts up you just cut him loose.

    You wish him luck, but the track record of guys like this is not good….even if they appear to straighten things out, they eventually lose focus and go back to their old self-destructive ways – you just never know when.

  15. gbmickey says: May 19, 2014 8:36 PM

    Anyone else catch the over/under in Vegas for wins this upcoming season? They have the Pack at 10, Bears/Lions 8, and the lowly Vikings at 6 only better than the Jags and Raiders. I guess they aren’t into the purple drank.

  16. gforce4all says: May 19, 2014 8:45 PM

    This guy will start on day 1 and dominate all season.

  17. leatherface2012 says: May 19, 2014 8:45 PM

    umm this wont get them past a first round playoff loss. awwwww

  18. themike31 says: May 19, 2014 8:45 PM

    If there’s a city in the NFL where he’ll find less cocaine than Green Bay I’d like to see it.

    Good luck kid!

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: May 19, 2014 8:47 PM

    Colt Lyerla. Denounces socialism. Signs with a team collectively owned by public shareholders.

  20. trapshoot says: May 19, 2014 9:07 PM

    Good they’re giving him a chance. No he needs to hold up his end of the bargain on and off the field.

  21. irishinyourface says: May 19, 2014 9:15 PM

    BEASTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. jimthebuilder27 says: May 19, 2014 9:36 PM

    Welcome to titletown! Looking forward to your help in getting a 14th title!

  23. chai1955 says: May 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    Great signing! I think Colt Lyerla can become a very good tight end for the Packers. The Packers again are finding gems from undrafted free agents. I’m rooting for him to succeed in the NFL.

  24. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2014 10:06 PM

    Signing with Green Bay is like getting two chances in one, first chance is to make the Packers final 53, if he can’t, there is a very good chance the Vikings will sign him if for no other reason than he is an ex-Packer.

  25. ruvelligwebuike says: May 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    Colt Lyerla. Denounces socialism. Signs with a team collectively owned by public shareholders.
    ——————-

    Except you aren’t forced to buy shares and then give a portion of them to Minnesotans and other less fortunate people …for your own good. Not really socialist.

  26. packerbackernj says: May 19, 2014 11:03 PM

    I want to like him because of his potential. Then i read things like he said the Sandy Hook shootings was a hoax, and the parents who lost their children are liars. I can’t consciously get behind this guy if that’s true.

  27. janvanflac says: May 19, 2014 11:18 PM

    Even Chip Kelly who, would would sign his entire Oregon team if he could, wouldn’t touch this guy. Good luck with him…

  28. crownofthehelmet says: May 19, 2014 11:57 PM

    Welcome to the Packers, Colt. Your family will enjoy having you back home in early January.

  29. karlpk says: May 20, 2014 12:05 AM

    The proverbial Beast! He’s more like 250; he loves to block and he’s good at it, he runs a 4.6 40, and he has good hands. What’s not to like on the football field?
    I think he’d punish NFC North safeties.

  30. harshedmellow says: May 20, 2014 12:06 AM

    Duck fan here, typing this from award-winning Sam Bond’s pub in Eugene.

    Lyrla was on our radar as an incoming recruit, as a physical freak from here in Oregon. Sad to say, his production on the field was fairly dismal.

    All hat, no cowboy, is the thinking here. That said- I wish the young man luck and I hope he really understands the opportunity before him. As a Duck, it didn’t seem like he did.

  31. hyzers says: May 20, 2014 5:36 AM

    “Keeps his nose clean”

    That was a good one.

  32. iluvbears says: May 20, 2014 5:40 AM

    With those names, it sounds like the Packers are drafting kids from the grade school team.

  33. GenXJay says: May 20, 2014 5:43 AM

    heaven forbids! a double standard signing by cheesebay.
    and it’s not that their socialists in wisc. it’s simply unreasonable peer pressure from loons to buy stock options.

  34. packerpauly says: May 20, 2014 6:24 AM

    I sure hope that his contract included a clause for staying off of Twitter. If he does another one of his rants he won’t be long in Green Bay. Hopefully he learns from his past and straightens himself out with this chance of a lifetime.

  35. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 7:55 AM

    Signing with Green Bay is like getting two chances in one, first chance is to make the Packers final 53, if he can’t, there is a very good chance the Vikings will sign him if for no other reason than he is an ex-Packer….

    Say hello to Letroy Guion…

  36. packfanaj12 says: May 20, 2014 8:06 AM

    Additions to a long line of draft and free agent bust!

    You realize you are talking about the Packers right? A team rich in history of good draft picks and amazing un-drafted free agents… It’s basically all they do. I am not saying there has not been a few lemons along the way… But they have proven over and over that draft and develop works quite well for them.

  37. leatherface2012 says: May 20, 2014 8:51 AM

    second chances are for chumps—–never needed any. pull yourself up and quit using mistakes as excuses

  38. seabreezes51 says: May 20, 2014 9:20 AM

    Chip Kelly steered clear of him….
    That’s all I gots to understand…..

  39. ShimSham says: May 20, 2014 9:33 AM

    “second chances are for chumps—–never needed any. pull yourself up and quit using mistakes as excuses” ——————— You sound like an ultra-rich capitalist who thinks they’re “self-made” but were actually born inheriting a multi-million dollar fortune to start with.

  40. aldante66 says: May 20, 2014 9:38 AM

    All this really really says is, the Packers invested poorly in TE talent. Oh, we have Findley he is the guy. Ya until he gets hurt which is often.
    My point, every other tight end on the team is third or no string on other teams. There is no go to guy other than one person. Quarles, Bostoc, can’t hardly catch and are piss poor route runners.
    Thus, this kid may be a blessing in that he may possess super talent over these other 6 bums they currently have?

    Why Ted couldn’t find a decent TE in the draft is puzzling at best. The guy he took in the third was a 5th or 6th round prediction at best, no way a third. Plus the guy had absolutely nothing outstanding about him.

  41. dpagsknowsall says: May 20, 2014 10:22 AM

    aldante, what it really says is that Thompson is better at evaluating talent then you are.

    He gets to pick every player he wanted at the draft slot he wanted, yet he still lands Lyerla and it’s no sweat of his watch.

    Are you aware 3-4 UDFA make the Packers roster yearly? Colt has a chance to do just that.

  42. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 10:23 AM

    You realize you are talking about the Packers right? A team rich in history of good draft picks and amazing un-drafted free agents… It’s basically all they do. I am not saying there has not been a few lemons along the way… But they have proven over and over that draft and develop works quite well for them….

    Why yes, we are talking about the Packers. Stop reading the Janesville News and look beyond your mellow yellow glasses. Ted has busted every 1st round choice since 2010. Draft and develop is not enough, especially if you draft busts..

  43. th56 says: May 20, 2014 10:58 AM

    This is not a 2nd chance for Lyerla, he’s on about his 50th 2nd chance.
    He has a long pattern of chances and mess ups. He couldn’t even crack the staring lineup in Oregon and rarely got any playing time. Why?because he’s a lazy coke snorting meathead who was always in Chip Kelly’s doghouse. He puts out zero effort and in response to his last 2nd chance he was told to get his act together and work hard, so he promptly quit the team and went on a coke bender. Then of course his twitter rant about Sandy Hook being perpetrated by our Government just cemented most peoples already low opinion of this guy.

  44. @Cereal_22 says: May 20, 2014 11:07 AM

    Very interesting pickup for GB.

  45. nyneal says: May 20, 2014 11:30 AM

    It’s a no brainer to sign him. If it works out, TT is a genius. If it doesn’t, he’s a humanitarian for giving him a shot.
    Let’s just hope the kid keeps his stuff together no matter where he ends up.
    One thing is clear, though. The Packers do not have a clear cut starting TE at this point.

  46. pftfan says: May 20, 2014 11:55 AM

    Isn’t this the kid that went on Twitter and denounced the Sandy Hook shooting as a government-planned conspiracy?

    Sounds like a winner to me, coach!

  47. shepwp1 says: May 21, 2014 7:23 AM

    I find the comment about how his old coach, Chip Kelly, wouldn’t take this guy kind of interesting. Man, I hope this works out for the Pack…

  48. sonofad says: May 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    He’s a lot like Kyle Rudolph, but with talent.

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