Indianapolis Colts receiver Alec Pierce is trying to construct off a productive rookie season, and he’ll be doing so with a brand new beginning QB inside a brand new offensive scheme.
Former Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is now the Colts head coach, and Indy hopes to have extra success within the passing sport than they did in 2022, rating No. 20.
“We positively need to have the ability to stretch the sphere vertically,” Pierce stated, per Colts.com. “Create explosives on offense, particularly within the passing sport.”
Pierce believes his strengths as a receiver cater to creating explosion downfield, he hopes to “be that man within the offense”.
The most important query for the Colts on offense proper now’s whether or not 2023 No. 3 general decide Anthony Richardson can be QB1 or if it will be Gardner Minshew, who performed in Steichen’s offense in Philadelphia final season.
Pierce known as Richardson a “super-incredible athlete” and observed “the ball simply flies off his hand”. Whereas Pierce is happy to see Richardson develop and what he can do, he believes Minshew’s been a beneficial addition to the Colts as properly.
“It has been nice having Gardner right here. Being within the offense for the final yr, he actually understands what is going on on,” Pierce stated. “He is been an important chief for the offense and a man that is actually rallied the staff. I am excited to play with him too.”
Richardson and Minshew have been splitting first-team reps in mini-camp, with Steichen saying he is happy with each quarterbacks proper now. Nevertheless, Colts proprietor Jim Irsay not too long ago stated that Richardson “will begin this season”.
“His growth is so key to the franchise’s future,” Irsay told The Athletic. “He will get higher by enjoying.”
On the very least the Colts righted some wrongs of their roster development at QB from final season. Matt Ryan was lackluster and is gone, Nick Foles was even worse in two begins and he is out the door, Sam Ehlinger began three video games and now he’ll be QB3. The Colts, on paper, have extra hope on the QB place proper now than they’ve had in a very long time. Whereas Richardson or Minshew won’t carry out at an Andrew Luck stage, they each would possibly scratch and claw to earn Indy some wins this fall.