Anthony Richardson and Alec Pierce are developing into an explosive duo for Colts

Throughout training camp, rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson has been building a rapport with wide receiver Alec Pierce, connecting on several big plays.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) gives high-fives after a drill during the
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson (5) gives high-fives after a drill during the / Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar / USA TODAY

In last year’s draft, the Indianapolis Colts used their first pick to select wide receiver Alec Pierce. In this year’s draft, Indy used its first pick to select quarterback Anthony Richardson. It didn’t take long for the Colts to get the two connected, arranging a fun interaction in the schedule release video. Now, the two young offensive players are connecting on the field in training camp.

Several times throughout camp, Richardson has connected with Pierce on some deep throws. The first came when the team was forced inside because of weather. However, there was no raining on the excitement that Richardson and Pierce brought with their long connection. Richardson rolled out the pocket and flicked the ball 60 yards to Pierce for a touchdown.

Since then, that’s been one of the most regular updates from training camp: Anthony Richardson finds Alec Pierce on another deep throw. This explosive connection should certainly get fans excited.

Colts should have an explosive passing attack with Anthony Richardson and Alec Pierce

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, the two are really made for each other. One of Richardson’s strengths is his strong arm and deep ball passing. That’s something he excelled at during his career at Florida, and showcased during the pre-draft evaluation period. Richardson can get the ball downfield to his receivers.

Fittingly, Alec Pierce is a big play receiver. During his time at Cincinnati, he consistently made tough catches downfield and that immediately translated to the NFL. In his rookie season, he recorded 41 receptions for 593 yards and two touchdowns. Those receptions included some deep-ball catches that led to Pierce’s 14.5 yards per reception.

Now, Richardson has a receiver that he can launch deep balls too, and Pierce has a quarterback that can get him the ball down field. That means Shane Steichen and the Colts have an explosive duo that can help improve the offense and open up the passing attack. Indy didn’t have much explosiveness last season, but that should change now.