The Green Bay Packers got back to work on Friday as they brought in their rookies for minicamp, and when the list of names was released, there was one familiar name among the bunch. Familiar for the wrong reasons, but still well-known nonetheless as it was revealed the team has brought in troubled former Orgeon TE Colt Lyerla.
Among the #Packers tryout players is former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla. Google him. Not enough twitter space to adequately describe him.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 16, 2014
Despite his amazing skills at the position, Lyerla went undrafted last weekend, and for obvious reasons.
Right after the season got underway last year, Lyerla was dismissed from the Ducks football program for a violation of team rules, which many assumed had something to do with a long-running drug issue. Well, what happened in the weeks following his dismissal did nothing to disprove that theory as Lyerla was busted and charged with cocaine possession, all while running from the cops too.
The Packers were on of three teams that showed up to his Pro Day, which was held at Portland State because Oregon would not allow him on campus to participate in their version of the event.
With the rare combination of size (6-4, 232-pounds) and freakish athleticism, it was only a matter of time before someone did decide to give him a chance. The only question now is whether or not he’ll take full advantage of this chance that he’s been given by keeping himself clean off the field.