WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agents wide receiver Matt Hazel and running back Branden Oliver. The team also waived wide receiver Dres Anderson and placed wide receiver Deon Cain on the Injured Reserve list.
Hazel, 6-1, 195 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending time on the team’s active roster and practice squad last season. He also spent time on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in 2017. Hazel has appeared in nine career games (one start) in his time with the Browns (2017), Colts (2017), Washington Redskins (2016), Buffalo Bills (2016) and Miami Dolphins (2014-15). In 2017, he played in four games with Indianapolis.
Oliver, 5-8, 208 pounds, has played in 30 career games (eight starts) over the last four seasons (2014-17) with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. He has totaled 226 carries for 773 yards and three touchdowns, 55 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown and nine kickoff returns for 219 yards. Oliver originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent on May 21, 2014.
In 2017, Oliver saw action in eight games for Los Angeles and tallied 35 carries for 83 yards. He also compiled six receptions for 26 yards. Oliver spent the entire 2016 season on the Chargers’ Injured Reserve list. He appeared in eight games (one start) in 2015 and registered 31 carries for 108 yards. Oliver also caught 13 passes for 112 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 197 yards. As a rookie in 2014, he played in 14 games (seven starts) and finished with 160 carries for 582 yards and three touchdowns. Oliver also added 36 receptions for 271 yards and one touchdown and one kickoff return for 22 yards.
Anderson, 6-2, 190 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 1, 2018. He has spent time on the practice squads of Indianapolis (2017), Washington (2017), Chicago (2016) and San Francisco (2016). As a rookie in 2015, Anderson spent the entire season on the 49ers’ Injured Reserve list. He originally signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015.
Cain, 6-2, 202 pounds, was selected by Indianapolis in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. He saw action in 42 games (14 starts) at Clemson from 2015-17 and compiled 130 receptions for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns. Cain finished tied for fourth in program history in receiving touchdowns. He tallied at least one reception in each of the last 37 games he played in which was the second-longest streak in school history. Cain was a member of the Tigers’ 2016 National Championship team.