Anyone who reads this site knows that I was never a fan of tight end Colt Lyerla. Studying numerous Oregon games convinced me that he would be more hype than substance in the NFL. And he was – at least in his first training camp. But I could be a fan of fullback Colt Lyerla, something first brought up by Bob McGinn and then not dismissed out of hand by tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot.
Lyerla is taller than a typical fullback, but his skills are very intriguing at that position. In fact, I was more impressed by his blocking in college than I was with his receiving. He was more than functional, and there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t eventually develop into at least as proficient a blocker as John Kuhn. As far as receiving, I like the idea of Lyerla catching screens and then using his 4.5 speed and creativity to make tacklers miss in the open field. The prospect of him running precise routes down the field and making difficult catches in traffic never appealed to me.
If the reason the Packers are placing Lyerla on IR is to keep him around and then move him to fullback in 2015, I’m all for it. Kuhn turns 32 in a few weeks and probably won’t be back next season (although I’ve been thinking that for the past few years). A replacement is going to be needed sooner rather than later, and Lyerla might be the perfect fit. Moving him to fullback could be genius. I just wish I would’ve thought of it first.