The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receivers Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms and waived guard Ben Heenan.
Boyce, 5-11, 205 pounds, most recently spent time with the New England Patriots. He has played in 10 career NFL games (three starts) and totaled nine receptions for 121 yards and nine kickoff returns for 214 yards. Boyce spent the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the Patriots before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on September 1, 2015. In 2014, he spent the first 16 weeks of the regular season on New England’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster and playing in the regular season finale. Boyce was inactive for all three postseason contests in 2014 but was a member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX Championship team. He saw action in nine games (three starts) as a rookie in 2013 and finished with nine receptions for 121 yards and nine kickoff returns for 214 yards. Boyce was originally selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of TCU.
Tyms, 6-3, 205 pounds, spent the last two seasons with the Patriots. He has appeared in 18 career NFL games (two starts) and contributed seven receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown in his time with New England (2014-15), the Cleveland Browns (2013) and the Miami Dolphins (2012). Tyms has also seen action in one postseason contest. In 2015, he spent the entire offseason and training camp with the Patriots before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on August 25, 2015. Tyms played in 11 games (two starts) in 2014 and caught five passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also appeared in one postseason contest and won Super Bowl XLIX with New England. In 2013, Tyms spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the Dolphins practice squad before being signed to the Browns active roster. He saw action in seven games for Cleveland and compiled two receptions for 12 yards. In 2012, Tyms spent his entire rookie season on Miami’s practice squad. He originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M on May 4, 2012. Tyms spent the entire 2012 offseason and training camp with the 49ers, but was released prior to the start of the season.
Heenan, 6-4, 315 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 5, 2016. He spent the final nine weeks of the 2015 regular season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Heenan spent time with the Colts during the 2015 offseason and training camp after originally signing with the team on February 4, 2015. He was waived by the team during training camp on August 7. Prior to joining the Colts, Heenan started 49-of-52 games in three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced its 2016 preseason schedule. The dates and times for the final four preseason games have yet to be finalized.
The Colts and Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton, Ohio to kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The meeting will be the first in the preseason between the teams since Indianapolis fell to Green Bay by a 24-21 margin on August 26, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Overall, the Colts own a 5-4 record against the Packers in preseason play dating back to 1980.
Indianapolis and Green Bay will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison will join former Packers quarterback Brett Favre among the eight-man class that was elected to the Hall of Fame in February. Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.
The Colts will travel to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bills in the second week. Dating back to 1969, the two teams have met seven times in the preseason with the Bills holding a 4-3 advantage. Buffalo won, 44-20, in their last preseason game against Indianapolis on August 11, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis will then host the Baltimore Ravens in its preseason opener at Lucas Oil Stadium. The contest will mark the first time the two teams have faced each other in preseason play.
The Colts will host the Philadelphia Eagles in their fourth preseason game. Indianapolis and Philadelphia share a 10-10 overall preseason series record. The last time the two teams faced each other in preseason play was last season when the Eagles defeated the Colts in Philadelphia, 36-10.
Indianapolis will close out the preseason with a trip to Cincinnati. The two teams have met in the preseason every year since 2001 and traditionally in the finale. The Bengals hold a 16-8 preseason series record, which includes a 9-6 victory in Indianapolis in 2015.
2016 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time
Sunday, Aug. 7 *GREEN BAY 8:00 PM
Game 2 (Aug. 11-15) at Buffalo TBD
Game 3 (Aug. 18-22) BALTIMORE TBD
Game 4 (Aug. 25-28) PHILADELPHIA TBD
Game 5 (Sept. 1-2) at Cincinnati TBD
*2016 NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
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