The Indianapolis Colts today made a couple of roster moves, signing free agent wide receivers Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms and waiving guard Ben Heenan.
Boyce (5-11, 205 pounds) has played in ten career NFL games (three starts) and has caught nine passes for 121 yards, while he has also returned nine kickoffs for 214 yards (averaging 23.8 yards per return). He was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of TCU, and he played in nine games in his rookie season. Then in 2014, he spent most of the regular season on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster with one week left in the season and was on the 53-man roster (though inactive) for the Patriots' Super Bowl win. In 2015, he spent the offseason and training camp with the Patriots but was placed on season-ending injured reserve shortly before the regular season began.
Tyms (6-3, 205 pounds) has played in 18 NFL games (two starts) and has caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 and spent the offseason and training camp with the team, but he was released before the season started. He then was signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, where he spent the entire 2012 season. In 2013, he started on the Dolphins' practice squad but was then signed to the Cleveland Browns' active roster, playing in seven games. He was then signed by the New England Patriots and spent the 2014 season with the team. In 2015, he spent the offseason and training camp with the Patriots but was placed on injured reserve during the preseason.
It's smart for the Colts to add wide receiver depth, as they needed more competition at the position. T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett are the top three on the depth chart, but after that, guys like Quan Bray, Josh Stangby, and now Josh Boyce and Brian Byms will compete for the spots after that. We still could see the Colts add more players at the position, but it makes perfect sense for the team to look into receiver options.
The Colts also released guard Ben Heenan, who signed with the Colts out of the CFL last offseason. He was previously the top overall pick in the CFL Draft and a talented lineman, but he was injured during training camp and subsequently released. Once healthy, however, he spent the last nine weeks of the season on the Colts' practice squad. It's unclear what exactly went wrong with the Heenan signing or if its related to his health, but he's a talented player and unfortunately it just didn't work out. UPDATE: According to CTV News, Ben Heenan has announced his retirement.