Pierce had three receptions for 42 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to Houston.
What it means:
Pierce finished his rookie season with 41 receptions for 593 yards and two touchdowns. After failing to make a reception on two targets in his first game, he clicked with Matt Ryan and had 24 receptions for 373 yards and a touchdown in his next six games. He then had just 17 receptions for 220 yards and a touchdown in his last nine games. Pierce showed promise but could never move into the No. 2 role and had just three red zone targets despite his 6-3 height. Of course, it's hard to judge Pierce given Indy's troubles at quarterback (which really fell off in the second half) and poor offensive play. It's not clear if Pierce is considered a cornerstone of the Indy receiving corps as the team revamps the offense for 2023.