Lyerla Among Tryout Signings

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The Packers have established their 90-man offseason roster with signings of tight end Colt Lyerla, defensive lineman Luther Robinson and defensive back Charles Clay.

The Green Bay Packers have their 90-man roster set, with the signing of tryout players Colt Lyerla, Luther Robinson and Charles Clay and the release of tight end Raymond Webber.

Lyerla's signing was no surprise, as Packer Report reported its likelihood on Saturday. The tight end's physical ability is undeniable. Among the tight ends at the Scouting Combine, his 4.61 in the 40-yard dash was the third-fastest, his 39-inch vertical jump was the best by 4 inches (and the seventh-best over the past 10 Scouting Combines) and his broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches tied for the best (and tied for the fourth-best over the past 10 Combines).

However, the questions are obvious. One, Lyerla (6-4, 247) got into hot water at Oregon, left the team and was arrested for cocaine possession. Two, his on-field resume never matched his athleticism or high school hype. In two-plus seasons, he started just 12 games and caught only 34 passes (though he averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 11 touchdowns). In his abbreviated 2013, he caught just two passes in three games.

"We did a lot of work on Colt," general manager Ted Thompson said during a Saturday news conference. "He's a very talented athlete. We interviewed him at the Combine, we went through all those procedures, talked to a lot of people. He's a young man that made some mistakes and we feel like he was worth bringing in and taking a look at."

As a senior, Clay (5-10, 204) started six games at safety, finishing with 69 tackles, including one sack and 5.5 tackles for losses, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He was named the Warriors' special teams player of the year. (No special teams statistics were available from the athletic communications staff.) Clay began his collegiate career as a wide receiver at SMU. He also played receiver for Hawaii in 2011, with two receptions on offense and 15 tackles and three forced fumbles on special teams.

Clay played cornerback and safety for the Packers at the rookie camp. With a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash and 37.5-inch vertical, his first look might come at cornerback.

Robinson (6-3, 301) only played three seasons for the Hurricanes, having sat out 2011 with what the school called a "lower-extremity injury." Curiously, Robinson apparently did not take a medical redshirt, so he entered the NFL with a modest resume of 40 tackles, two tackles for losses and three starts. In 2013, he had a career-high 24 tackles with one start. He's got some interesting tools with a 5.04 in the 40, 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press and a 28.5-inch vertical.

Webber, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011 with Tampa Bay, was signed by Green Bay in February.

Green Bay also signed third-round pick Khyri Thornton. That leaves only first-round pick HaHa Clinton-Dix, second-rounder Davante Adams and third-round choice Richard Rodgers unsigned.


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