Packers Bring In Undrafted Free Agents and Tryout Players

A collection of the Packers' reported udndrafted free agent signings after the 2015 NFL draft. 

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chaka's picture

May 03, 2015 at 02:13 pm

They should bring Lyerla in so they would have a legit starting TE. He's far better than the garbage TE's currently on the roster.

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sonomaca's picture

May 03, 2015 at 02:19 pm

Uh, No. He proved that, not only is he a head case, he can't play either. As many have noted, if Chip Kelly doesn't want him, why should GB.

I don't see any LT's on the FA list.

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Danny Bueschel's picture

May 03, 2015 at 03:12 pm

I totally agree i think Lyerla is great TE who got the shaft too early because of an injury and also watch out for Zach Crockett from North Dakota State an undrafted free agent GB's bringing in for tryouts kids a beast who could end up being Lacys back up

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sonomaca's picture

May 03, 2015 at 03:19 pm

Lyerla didn't show anything in training camp. I think if he had (and if he hadn't been arrested, AGAIN), he might be back in GB.

The Packers are very careful to choose the right sort of people. I'm going to guess that if Peters had been there at 30, they would have passed. Ditto if Gregory had been around at 62. Not Packer people.

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chaka's picture

May 03, 2015 at 08:40 pm

You weren't at practice. Lyerla caught 3 long td's at the practice right before family night, burning defenders. He was just shaking the rust and coming on. His dui was dismissed. Bull crap charge.

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PackerAaron's picture

May 03, 2015 at 04:56 pm

Lyerla had his chance. He blew it.

And Richard Rodgers is going to be a stud.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 03, 2015 at 08:41 pm

Your assuredness is born out of ignorance. It is comically presumptuous for you to think you know better than GB's coaches and management.
What possible reason would they have for releasing "great" players?

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murphy's picture

May 03, 2015 at 09:06 pm

Cleary they hate winning. If they wanted to win, Suh would be on the roster.

:)

Personally, I'd rather invite Crabtree out of retirement than waste time on Lyeria.

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chaka's picture

May 04, 2015 at 08:04 am

I guess they did release the "great" 1st round pick Justin Harrell so I must be wrong...

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The TKstinator's picture

May 04, 2015 at 06:05 pm

Who said Harrell was great?

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chaka's picture

May 04, 2015 at 09:52 pm

You stated: Your assuredness is born out of ignorance. It is comically presumptuous for you to think you know better than GB's coaches and management.
What possible reason would they have for releasing "great" players?

TT and staff must have thought Harrell was great, they kept him on the roster for 5 years with little production. Is this the management that knows more than I? I called bust from day 1 on Harrell and many of the wasted picks.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 04, 2015 at 10:28 pm

To call any player a bust on day one is horrendously premature. The amount of information you have compared to the professionals is minute.
On the other hand, one could randomly declare just about any player a "bust" on day one and end up correct a decent percentage of the time. Busts happen.
It was you who decided to select Justin Harrell as your example, not I.
If you are so well informed, go ahead and tell us NOW how every draft choice will turn out. I'm sure TT would appreciate the insight.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

May 05, 2015 at 09:20 am

Speaking of 1st round busts, I was in the Packers Pro shop and they had a Jamal Reynolds jersey on the clearance rack. And it still wasn't that cheap! Maybe they're waiting for his mom to come in and buy it???

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 03, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Feels like deja vu. It seems I have read this somewhere before.

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tm_inter's picture

May 04, 2015 at 01:43 am

I really think that Lyerla's athletism can be useful to the Packers as (passing or blocking) TE, FB, or ST. I hope the Packers give him another chance to prove his ability. After all, he didn't do anything wrong after he left Green Bay. His arrest was a non-issue because the police didn't file any charge against him.

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Denver's picture

May 03, 2015 at 02:31 pm

Still light on LB's, just like the draft. I know the ILB position isn't hugely important and the Pack are automatically better off at that spot by just getting Jones and Hawk off the field permanently, but there aren't any more guys out there worth a shot?
I like Barrington, but it's still a little worrisome knowing he's currently the cream of the ILB crop.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

May 05, 2015 at 09:22 am

I was surprised by the lack of ILB FAs as well. Guess Ted likes the guys he has.

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TheLegendary52's picture

May 03, 2015 at 02:42 pm

I've seen reports of James Vaughters, OLB, Stanford signing as well. In addition, I've seen Dantzler listed as an ILB

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jh9's picture

May 05, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I like the signing of both Vaughters and Dantzler. Besides Dantzler and Barrington, I believe there will be five other players competing for a ILB spot on the 53 man roster: Jake Ryan, Carl Bradford, Nate Palmer, Joe Thomas, and Josh Francis.

The Packers released Hawk, Brad Jones, and Lattimore. Barrington is pretty much a lock so we'll have six players competing for three spots. Considering TT seems to give a little extra deference to drafted players, my best guess would be Ryan and Bradford make the team and the other four guys (Palmer, Dantzler, Thomas, and Francis) fighting for that one last spot. However it plays out, the competition for these three spots will be the mostly hotly contested throughout all of the preseason and I'm looking forward to watching it happen.

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Clay Zombo's picture

May 03, 2015 at 03:39 pm

Yes ILB is still a liitle thin on proven talent at the moment but adding more unproven udfa ILBs probably isnt the answer. One key date to watch is May 12th, that is when free agent signings no longer count towards the comp pick formula and who knows maybe TT brings in a Brandon Spikes whos still available or another vet ILB.

Knowing TT though, im not holding my breathe but the point is there are still options out there and will be more in and around cut time if our current crop doesnt bare any fruit.

One other extreme longshot is a trade for Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks, maybe the most unlikely TT move of them all but an intriguing possiblity none the less.

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sonomaca's picture

May 03, 2015 at 03:44 pm

TT seems to have fixed the special teams and replenished the defensive backfield. I think that if Ryan, Thomas, and Bradford don't work out, Ted will just move Clay back inside on running downs.

ILB is really the only question mark for a team which should be the favorite to win it all.

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GRB1531's picture

May 04, 2015 at 08:22 am

TT did not seem to worry about drafting early to fill the ILB spot because Clay will be there more times than not. I will remind you that Clay had only 14 tackles as a OLB after the first eight games last year. The defenses have figured out how to keep him less effective when they know where he is coming from. When they moved Clay around he was considerably more effective.

As for the TE position, let,s give Rodgers a better look this year.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 04, 2015 at 05:30 am

Well put, Clay. Agree on Spikes (I'd only do Spikes for Vet Min. though - not that enamored of him) and the likelihood of trading for Mychal (although I like that idea depending on the terms of the deal). I really replied not to agree but to mention Dantzler - I think he's got a chance to stick and actually get on the field. His tape really impressed me, but his competition was weak and thus he is hard to project. His measurables from his pro day (see Link below) are good enough to play in the NFL, but he looks instinctive, really smooth and very fluid. We'll find out soon enough.

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=1002153&draftyea...

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packsmack's picture

May 03, 2015 at 04:03 pm

Dantzler is going to be an ILB. Also, he's maybe in love with Clay. http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2015/04/27/2015-nfl-draft-sleeper-small...

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jmac34's picture

May 03, 2015 at 04:27 pm

It's interesting that he mentions GB a couple times as teams he has met with. Definitely shows that GB must have liked what they saw and heard from him.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 03, 2015 at 06:18 pm

I like the fact that he has experience playing safety.

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Tundraboy's picture

May 07, 2015 at 11:29 am

Dont know if it's level of comp but sure has the quickness and can tackle thats for sure!

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Clay Zombo's picture

May 03, 2015 at 04:31 pm

I like this guy even more now and im really glad the Steelers didnt call him after the draft. He just sounds like a smart no nonsense guy. The Pack might have just found their dime(cover) ILB in the ranks of the undrafted which is awesome.

Cant wait for the competition to begin.

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efox2011's picture

May 03, 2015 at 06:45 pm

Count me as a Dantzler fan as well. His youtube video was fun to watch, looks as though he hits like a damn mack truck.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 03, 2015 at 08:43 pm

Hitting: good.
My administration is in full support of biblical, epic hits.

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Evan's picture

May 04, 2015 at 12:19 am

6'6", 335lbs.
6'8", 315lbs.
6'5", 350lbs.

That's an insanely huge group of o-lineman.

Wonder if any wanna play a little d-line.

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Handsback's picture

May 04, 2015 at 07:22 am

The only position I thought Green Bay left unprotected was OT. It appears that these guys could be the answer to back up LT or RT positions.

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THEMichaelRose's picture

May 04, 2015 at 09:54 am

WR is going to be very interesting. We thought we had 6 or 7 guys good enough to make the team last year. Only down Boykin. Now add Montgomery. And people still want to see Ricky Collins given a chance? Janis or Abbrederis will have to go.

Maybe this logjam is alleviated a little if Montgomery is viewed as a hybrid - ie only keep 2 full-time RBs on the roster (not including a FB), then one or two rookie RBs on the practice squad.

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Crackerpacker's picture

May 04, 2015 at 04:21 pm

could it be with a possible 5 qb's and a lot of wr's this is to give the young cb's plenty of practice

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4thand1's picture

May 05, 2015 at 09:34 pm

good point

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

May 04, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I can now reveal what TT will do regarding ILB. He will resign Lyerla (the greatest football player in the history of everything) and play him there. Problem solved.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 05, 2015 at 05:59 am

Pair him with LaMichael James and the Lombardi trophy is coming home. No doubt, no doubt.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 05, 2015 at 06:35 am

Oh, and don't forget to put Uncle Rico at QB. Back in '82 he could throw a football a quarter mile.

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4thand1's picture

May 05, 2015 at 09:35 pm

Quit exaggerating , it was a half a mile.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 07, 2015 at 06:55 am

Or he could throw it over those mountains over there. How far away are they?

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Tundraboy's picture

May 05, 2015 at 01:16 pm

Glad to see everyone so upbeat. I am

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