As the Indianapolis Colts wrap up their OTAs for the year, one name that stands out is rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson. The Florida product, who rocketed up draft boards during the pre-draft process, has shown flashes of brilliance during his first NFL practice sessions. However, his performance also underscored why he was considered a project quarterback.
Richardson’s Performance at OTAs
During the Colts’ OTAs, Richardson shared first-team reps under center with veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew, as part of the team’s evaluation process. When the rookie quarterback took the field, he made some big plays, showing why he was a highly anticipated pick. Coach Shane Steichen noted that Richardson demonstrated “some really next-level stuff” during practice.
However, Richardson’s performance wasn’t flawless. In one sequence, he delivered a perfect pass to Malik Turner that was dropped, but also under-threw Turner on a deep ball. Additionally, there was a near interception by veteran safety Julian Blackmon and a miscommunication with new teammate Kylen Granson. Despite these challenges, Steichen was pleased with the process and Richardson’s progress, suggesting that the rookie has potential for significant growth.
Reactions from Teammates and Coaches
Richardson’s performance at OTAs caught the coaching staff’s attention and made a strong impression on his teammates. Defensive End Samson Ebukam was so impressed that he “feels bad for the other teams,” indicating a high confidence level in Richardson’s abilities.
Linebacker Zaire Franklin also shared his first impressions of Richardson, acknowledging, “I’m not gonna lie, he’s making some plays.” On the Jim Rome Show, teammate Franklin echoed these sentiments, praising Richardson’s work ethic and stating that he believes Richardson has the potential to be special.
Moreover, McKenzie highlighted Richardson’s physical attributes and performance on the field, saying Richardson “has a great arm, great size, can run, and he’s done a lot of good things these past few days.” He also noted Richardson’s accuracy and good reads during practice.
Richardson’s performance at the Colts’ OTAs has generated excitement among the coaching staff and his teammates. The rookie quarterback has shown that he has the tools and the talent to become a standout player in the NFL. Colts fans, the team, and certainly Richardson himself will be looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the field in the upcoming season.
Richardson was considered a developmental QB who would need to sit a few months or even his entire rookie season. It’ll be interesting to see how soon he’s thrust into the starting role.