Finding depth at receiver could be a challenge for the Colts

Return specialist Quan Bray is in the mix at wide receiver for the Colts. Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

ANDERSON, Ind. -- An already thin receiving group took a hit Saturday evening when the Indianapolis Colts placed Brian Tyms on the injured reserve list. Tyms, who was having a solid camp, was injured in practice Friday.

Out goes Tyms. In comes receiver Andre Debose, who the Colts signed Saturday, and the quest to find a fourth, fifth and potentially sixth receiver to go with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett continues. Debose spent all of last season on injured reserves with the Oakland Raiders.

But rather than look at it as uncertainty, the Colts are looking at it as an opportunity for unknown players to step up and possibly make a name for themselves.

Undrafted rookies Marcus Leak and Chester Rogers both made impressive plays in practice Friday. The Colts are going to do what they can to hold off signing a veteran receiver because going that direction didn't work out in the past with Andre Johnson, Hakeem Nicks and Darius Heyward-Bey.

"Great job so far by some guys," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "Really, really good job. All the new guys, Tymzy (Brian Tyms) and Josh (Boyce) have really done a good job. Quan Bray, who's been a great returner for us and has really stepped up. And the rookies, all those guys. Chester (Rogers) from Grambling has done a really nice job as well. So a lot of good competition and the competition certainly isn't over by Day 2, Day 3. That's one I'm sure will go the whole way through camp."

Bray is a player worth keeping an eye on. He spent last season as the team's primary return specialist, and he's expected to retain that role again this season. But he's definitely in the receiver mix despite not catching a pass last season.

"Quan has had two really good days as a wideout," coach Chuck Pagano said. "His skill set, we all know, is appropriate for the position. He can make plays and make-miss ability out in the open field."