Is Rookie of the Year a possibility for Alec Pierce after breaking out with the Colts?
Alec Pierce once again stood out for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Could the best be yet to come? Could he win OROY?
This past Sunday, Alec Pierce once again showed fans that Indy made the right choice in the second round of the draft. Pierce had three receptions for 49 yards and a game-winning 32-yard touchdown. Pierce has put a string of good games together and could possibly be considered for offensive rookie of the year if he keeps improving.
Alec Pierce recently talked about the 1-on-1 matchup being his “favorite part of football,” and he has proven to be able to consistently win those matchups. He has been able to go up over defenders when necessary but Alec Pierce also had an average of nearly two yards of separation on his targets.
One thing to note about Pierce this year is the number of targets he’s getting. Since coming back from injury in Week 3, Pierce has been targeted 27 times. His snap percentage has also gone up. In Week 3, he was on the field for 45% of the offensive snaps, 44% for Week 4, 59% for Week 5, and 65% for Week 6. Gradually improving each week, Pierce is developing into a force and could be the best offensive rookie in the league this season.
Can Alec Pierce win Rookie of the Year?
According to FanDuel, Alec Pierce currently has the 14th-best odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at +3300. There’s still a good amount that Alec Pierce would have to do in order to be considered for the award. Pierce would probably need to keep stacking big games like he has the last three weeks.
Pierce has become Indy’s second option at wide receiver in his first season. I would expect his target share to continue to go up as well as his overall numbers. The Colts’ have an important division game coming up against the Tennessee Titans on the road. This would be a huge chance for Pierce to get recognized even more.
In my opinion, if Pierce could have his first 100-yard game on Sunday, and add another touchdown, Pierce will start to be considered a top-five candidate for offensive rookie of the year.
It’s safe to say that the Colts got what they were looking for in Alec Pierce. His size and ability are already proving to be a problem for opposing defenses.