Although the Indianapolis Colts have been struggling, rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce has been putting together some promising performances.
In Alec Pierce’s first NFL game, he dropped a wide-open touchdown pass. Following the game, the second-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts didn’t lose an ounce of confidence, saying, “you throw me that ball 100 times, I’m going to catch it 99 times. Today just happened to be the one I dropped.” Pierce is proving that statement to be true as he’s caught just about everything thrown his way since.
After missing Week 2 with a concussion, Pierce returned to the lineup in Week 3 and he has been making the kind of catches that gets people on their feet. Climbing up over defenders, Pierce is quickly establishing himself as a target that’s always open, even when it appears he’s well covered.
Against the Kansas City Chiefs, Pierce caught three passes for 61 yards. He followed that performance up with a four-catch game for 80 yards against the Tennessee Titans. He hasn’t been able to redeem himself in the end zone yet but that’s surely coming. It’s now time for the Colts to get Pierce even more involved in the offense and for Matt Ryan to target the young wideout even more.
Colts should get Alec Pierce more targets
Something Indianapolis has lacked on offense in recent years is explosiveness from the wide receiver position. Pierce has been providing that in the last two games, averaging 20.1 yards a catch this season. What more incentive do the Colts need to target him more than big productive plays? Especially since the offense has been struggling to consistently generate them.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick, who predicted Pierce would win offensive rookie of the year, recently argued for Pierce to become a bigger focal point of the passing game. Riddick took to Twitter to say, “get ALEC PIERCE the ball!! Move him around. Scheme him open. He is a physical mismatch everywhere on the field, not just on go routes.”
Riddick wasn’t just saying this so that his prediction can come true but because it’s evident from what Pierce has flashed. He has great size at 6-foot-3 and that’s complemented by his speed and explosiveness. That’s why he has been able to go up over defenders to make tough catches. If Indy is intentional about getting Pierce the ball, he can definitely help this offense open things up.
But, of course, everything for the Colts starts up front. The only way Indy can make any offensive improvements or get Pierce more downfield action is if Ryan has time to throw the football. In order for that to happen, the offensive line has to block. Hopefully, they can get that done so the world can watch Alec Pierce develop.