The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receiver Andre Debose and placed wide receiver Brian Tyms on the Injured Reserve list.
Debose, 6-0, 190 pounds, spent the entire 2015 season on the Oakland Raiders Injured Reserve list. He was originally selected by the Raiders in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft before being waived on June 3, 2016.
Collegiately, Debose played in 42 games (eight starts) at Florida and finished with 29 receptions for 543 yards and four touchdowns, seven carries for 52 yards, 79 kickoff returns for 2,111 yards (26.7 avg.) and four touchdowns and 34 punt returns for 420 yards (12.4 avg.) and one touchdown. He owns the school record with four career kickoff return touchdowns, which is also tied for the Southeastern Conference record. As a redshirt senior in 2014, Debose played in 11 games and totaled 21 kickoff returns for 519 yards (24.7 avg.), 23 punt returns for 323 yards (14.0 avg.) and one touchdown and two rushes for 30 yards. He sat out the entire 2013 season due to injury. In 2012, Debose saw action in nine games (two starts) and tallied 18 kickoff returns for 510 yards (28.3 avg.) and one touchdown, 10 punt returns for 93 yards (9.3 avg.), three receptions for 15 yards and three carries for nine yards. He appeared in 12 games (four starts) in 2011 and finished with 19 kickoff returns for 495 yards (26.1 avg.) and one touchdown, 16 receptions for 432 yards and four touchdowns and one carry for four yards. In 2010, Debose played in 10 games (two starts) and totaled 21 kickoff returns for 587 yards (28.0 avg.) and two touchdowns, one punt return for four yards, 10 receptions for 96 yards and one rush for nine yards. He was named Freshman All-America by Sporting News and was selected to the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches. Debose also made Phil Steele’s All-SEC first-team and was tabbed the nation’s top kick returner by CFPA.
Tyms, 6-3, 205 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on April 7, 2016. He has appeared in 18 career NFL games (two starts) and contributed seven receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown in his time with the New England Patriots (2014-15), Cleveland Browns (2013) and Miami Dolphins (2012). Tyms has also seen action in one postseason contest.
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