Several months ago former Oregon Ducks Tight End Colt Lyerla showed he had talent at the NFL Combine. He went undrafted but was given an opportunity with the Green Bay Packers. Earlier this week in Training Camp Lyerla leaped over a defender in a non-contact drill in practice and injured his knee tearing two ligaments, the medial collateral ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament. He is expected to miss a significant amount of time entering the 2014 season.
Lyerla has shown some positives in Training Camp with the Green Bay Packers. He is an effective blocker and has solid receiving skills, whether that will keep him with Green Bay into the future remains to be seen, but his effort and dedication to his game could give him a future opportunity with another team if he does go in injured reserve with the Packers and they cut ties with the former Oregon Ducks Tight End.
According to a report, Lyerla had no regrets trying to hurdle Cornerback Jumale Rolle in Camp saying ‘he can make that play nine out of ten times’ and he did it to ‘prove a point’. Of course it was the play he was injured on so I’m not quite sure if ‘that’ was the point he was trying to make. Lyerla left the University of Oregon early last season and had some character issues entering the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Green Bay Packers open the 2014 Regular season at the Seattle Seahawks on NBC at 5:30pm Pacific Time.