Green Bay Packers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Colt Lyerla

By Ryan Ratty
Colt Lyerla
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Versatility has become the name of the game in the NFL lately, and having players who can spread the field and cause matchup nightmares is at a premium in today’s league. Oregon‘s Colt Lyerla is one of the most intriguing players in this year’s draft class, but the problem with him is that he is more than a headache off the field. Lyerla was ultimately kicked off Oregon’s football team because he was arrested and later plead guilty for possession of cocaine.

In college, Chip Kelly lined Lyerla up all over the field. Lining up at the fullback position and the wide receiver position, Lyerla is athletic enough to be an explosive player for an NFL offense. The Green Bay Packers have one of the best offenses in the league, led by Aaron Rodgers, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lyerla find a niche on this offense. Like Kelly, Mike McCarthy is one of the smartest offensive minds in football, and he will find a way to utilize Lyerla.

The Packers drafted Richard Rodgers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. That being said, it will be a three-way battle between Lyerla, Rodgers and Andrew Quarless for the starting tight end position. When it comes to Lyerla and Rodgers, the most interesting thing about them is how similar they are. Both are versatile and both have the ability to line up as an H-back or a joker back. If he keeps his head on straight, Lyerla could make an early impact for the Packers. But he will need to stay out of trouble, and that is something he has had a hard time doing over the past few years.

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