There was a time when Colt Lyerla was one of the most productive players in college football. At Oregon, Lyerla was the epitome of an offensive weapon. Lyerla lined up at fullback, tight end, and even wide receiver. Versatility is something that NFL teams love, and Lyerla is extremely versatile and athletic.
His career flamed out in college because of problems with the law, but Lyerla has a great opportunity with the Green Bay Packers to stick and be the starting tight end for years to come. The Packers will not bring back Jermichael Finley, and the team isn’t too sold on Andrew Quarless. The Packers drafted Richard Rodgers out of California in the first round, but an argument could be made that Lyerla is simply better than Rodgers.
When you take a look around the league, every top quarterback has a good tight end. Drew Brees has Jimmy Graham, Tom Brady has Rob Gronkowski, and Peyton Manning has Julius Thomas. The problem with Aaron Rodgers in this offense is that he doesn’t have a tight end who can space the field like the three named above.
By not having Finley and James Jones, this offense will need a player to step up and make plays from both the inside and outside. That player could be Lyerla as he has made an impact in both areas. Although he went undrafted, Lyerla was given a fresh start and if he keeps his head on straight, he could run away with the opportunity. He will be a fun player to watch if you’re a Packers fan.