3 reasons Alec Pierce will thrive with Anthony Richardson

Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14)
Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce (14) / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indianapolis Colts have a new quarterback in Anthony Richardson, and wide receiver Alec Pierce should be excited about what Richardson can bring.

This offseason, the Indianapolis Colts finally secured a young and talented first-round quarterback, something the team hasn’t had since Andrew Luck. Selecting Anthony Richardson with the fourth-overall pick gives Indy a dynamic quarterback that will helpfully turn the offense around.

Something else the Colts went a step further to securing this offseason is a competent set of weapons. With Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce returning, Indy drafted wide receiver Josh Downs, and added another tight end to its deep tight end room. While the offense has several promising weapons, Alec Pierce is an intriguing name to watch.

Not only will he be entering his second season in the NFL, with a year-two leap expected, but Pierce is the kind of receiver that should thrive with Anthony Richardson. Here are three reasons why.

3. Anthony Richardson has a big arm

One of Richardson’s best traits is his arm. He has a strong arm that can causally uncork deep throws, something the Colts didn’t have much of last season. However, it’s safe to assume that Richardson will bring his big throws to the NFL, especially with Shane Steichen as his head coach.

Pierce has to love that. All throughout his time at Cincinnati, and during his first season in Indianapolis, Pierce has showcased that he’s a deep threat. Last season, he had the most yards per catch for the Colts with 14.5. However, due to the inconsistencies of the offense, Pierce wasn’t consistently given those deep shots.

That should change with Anthony Richardson. Alec Pierce should now be able to get well downfield and receive accurate throws from Richardson, providing the offense with some explosiveness.