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Long shots to get a shot

by Mark Daniels

The rookie orientation camp is in the books and the Packers have nailed down contracts with six of their nine draft choices. The lastest to sign is third round defensive tackle Khyri Thornton of Southern Mississippi. Number one pick Ha Ha Clinton Dix, second rounder Davante Adams and third round choice Richard Rodgers have yet to get deals worked out.

The Packers have also singed three players who brought to town this weekend on a tryout basis. Safety Charles Clay of Hawaii, Defensive End Luther Robinson of Miami (Fla) and Tight End Colt Lyerla of Oregon. Lyerla was in position to be one of the top rated tight ends in the draft when he ran into all kinds of trouble in Eugene. He was suspended from the team on a couple of occasions and eventually quit the squad. Lyerla was then arrested on a charge of cocaine possession. He was given probation and ordered to do community service. Several NFL teams took him off their draft board because of the character issues. General Manager Ted Thompson said he interviewed Lyerla at the Scouting Combine, did background checks and felt his issues were in the past. Lyerla agreed to come to Green Bay for the tryout and impressed enough to warrant an undrafted free agent contract. He is now among the 90 players that will be brought to training camp this summer.