September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers trying out Colt Lyerla

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The Green Bay Packers drafted tight end Richard Rodgers, but the team is still interested in adding another tight end to the mix of Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, and Rodgers. Those three TEs have some upside, but none of those three can be fully counted on as true starters. Chances are that the Packers will be more than fine due to their top-notch wideouts (they added Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis in the draft), but they are still sifting through their options.

Their best option is probably to re-sign Jermichael Finley, whom the team is still monitoring in free agency after he failed a physical with the Seattle Seahawks some time ago. Finley hasn’t signed because of his rehabilitation from a severe neck injury, so he isn’t exactly a “safe” option because of injury concerns. However, he’s the most established TE available, and there’s no doubting his talent. His hands are unreliable, but he’s a top-notch weapon at the position when healthy.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Green Bay Packers are working out a number of undrafted free agent rookies today at rookie minicamp, and the biggest name of those players is former Oregon Ducks star tight end Colt Lyerla. Blessed with elite physical tools, Lyerla would be a perfect “move” tight end who can also block in-line. He was a stud in college, but his off-field concerns are well-documented and so alarming that he could very well be too risky to even consider signing. It’s interesting to see the Packers giving Lyerla a tryout, and it would be a surprise for him to sign with the team. That said, Lyerla is so talented that I think somebody will give him a chance this offseason; I’m just not sure it will be Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy.

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