GREEN BAY, Wis. - Colt Lyerla admitted on Thursday that it crossed his mind that he may never of gotten an opportunity to play in the NFL. Lyerla was passed on in the NFL Draft as well as the immediate rush of rookie free agent signings.
Green Bay brought Lyerla in on a tryout basis for their orientation camp and signed him shortly after.
"I feel this is the best place I could have ended up on how they run the offense. I really like coach (Jerry) Fontenot and coach (Mike) McCarthy and I really like the locker room environment and I'm just excited to be here."
Lyerla has no shortage of red flags that kept most teams from giving the 21-year old a chance. Cocaine possession, controversial tweets, and getting kicked off his college team all played into why he went undrafted.
But the Packers are doing something they haven't done much of under the Ted Thompson regime, take a chance on a player with past off-the-field issues.
"We're excited to impact this young man's life," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "Everything else will take care of itself professionally. I think this is a real credit to our program. I think this will be a real credit to the resources that we have."
Lyerla says the past is the past, and he's grateful for the fresh start he gets in Green Bay.
"I think I spent the last 6, 7 months doing hard thinking and making changes and doing the right things. I feel like me being here today shows that I am moving in the right direction."
"Everybody is excited about helping a young man that's been through what he's been through," said McCarthy.