Anthony Richardson splitting first-team reps, doing “next-level stuff” at Colts OTAs

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Heading into the draft, one school of thought about Anthony Richardson was that he will need time on the bench to observe and develop before taking over as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The Colts took Richardson with the fourth overall pick and they have Gardner Minshew on the roster, which gives them an experienced option at the position should they choose to follow the slower path to Richardson running the offense. At this point, however, the job appears to be very much up for grabs.

Colts head coach Shane Steichen said at a Thursday press conference, via Stephen Holder of TheAthletic.com, that Richardson and Minshew are splitting the first-team reps at OTAs and that “everything is an evaluation” when it comes to how they’ll divide the workload.

Steichen added that Richardson “made some big plays today” and has done some “next-level stuff” in his short time on the field for the team. The more that happens, the likelier it is that Richardson will be getting all the first-team reps by the time the fall rolls around.

31 responses to “Anthony Richardson splitting first-team reps, doing “next-level stuff” at Colts OTAs

  1. Irsay hired Saturday, so it’s obvious he has no problem giving someone unqualified a job their not ready for.

  2. As a Gator fan who watched all of his games, a word of caution. Richardson has flashes that make you go “Wow” but then the next play he’ll throw the ball into the dirt at the receiver’s feet. He has great talent but desperately needs coaching and experience before he is ready to start in the NFL.

  3. I swear they said the same stuff about Matt Ryan last year. That team is so desperate for someone even resembling a professional quarterback that they can’t help themselves.

  4. “This pinhead screams ‘bust’ during warmups, he hasn’t yet noticed his playbook tablet is an Etch-A-Sketch, and he thinks the red zone is where he wears his red jersey”

    … said no coach ever.

  5. Optics…it’s all about the optics. When he’s making rookie mistakes in year 3, the media will STILL call them ‘rookie mistakes’ for AR. Kenny Pickett and Will Levis won’t get that same level of media protection.

  6. laughingator says:
    May 25, 2023 at 2:09 pm
    As a Gator fan who watched all of his games, a word of caution. Richardson has flashes that make you go “Wow” but then the next play he’ll throw the ball into the dirt at the receiver’s feet. He has great talent but desperately needs coaching and experience before he is ready to start in the NFL.

    171Rate

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    I watched 3 mins of his game tape and saw this. Everything was a roll out, bootleg or broken play as he used his legs.

    Typical over-hyped run first qb. There are 2 of these that go in Rd1 every year and teams somehow think “this is the year!”

    You get 1 “wow” to every 10 mediocre or awful passing plays that need a special play design.

  7. Running around in sweat pants doing “wow” things in May is not news. Talk to us on 3rd & 15 down by 4 with :30 seconds left in a division game. Then we will say “damn, kid has it!”

  8. Kenny Pickett and Will Levis won’t get that same level of media protection.

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    Neither of them will still be in the leave in 3 years

  9. he is a first year college starter, do i wish the best for him, sure, do i think there is way to much hype for all these guys, no doubt.

  10. LOL I’ll remember this report when he looks absolutely lost within the first month of the season.

  11. They will not waste the prime years of a running QB sitting on the bench. If the Colts were a strong team, then maybe Richardson would sit for a while. The Colts aren’t a contender on paper; they’ll play Richardson so he gets experience.

    Minshew made the worst offseason decision I’ve ever seen. He went to the Colts, who owned the 4th pick; he took a bad deal. For his sake, I hope they trade him when there’s an injury to a starter. His minuscule salary should make for an easy trade.

  12. OTA hype is my favorite. The Colts aren’t going to win 4 games this year, and it really doesn’t matter how many of these Colts OTA hype articles we see. It’s a bad football team.

  13. Wow! The Colts aren’t going to the Super Bowl, they are going to the Super Duper Bowl!!!

  14. I can already see them flexing Colts games into prime time and Thursdays because this guy may become a monster.
    I hope he does simply because he’s been trashed so badly for his college stats.

  15. I’m surprised the colts didn’t hire one of these pft posters ,seems you’re all experts. Wait, on second thought, how about we let real professionals judge.

  16. “I hope he does simply because he’s been trashed so badly for his college stats.”
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    Seriously? There were plenty of players with weak stats… only one was drafted 4th. Not only that, he barely played in college—he couldn’t beat out Emory Jones. The combine/workouts got this guy drafted 4th… a QB. That’s never happened before. Criticism is legit.

  17. Criticism is legit.

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    Sure, you can criticize his college career.
    What has he done so far as a pro that he deserves to be criticized for?
    This is EXACTLY why I’m pulling for the dude.
    Because people like you have already labeled him garbage.

  18. Richardson’s game still needs a lot of work, and it’s entirely possible he doesn’t evolve into a good NFL quarterback. But he is enticing because his athletic profile gives him massive upside.
    I just grow weary of every QB whose legs are a weapon being dismissed as a glorified running back. This is the profile of the modern day QB. Josh Allen was inaccurate in college, too, and he’s doing just fine. Jalen Hurts has improved every year. Too soon to pass judgement on Richardson.

  19. This is the type of hype that you hear before someone completely flames out. He’s only 21-years-old and has very little starting experience. He would be best served sitting for a year, but he’s likely going to be rushed, and when the game speeds up he’s going to struggle despite his athletic talent. Similar to Malik Willis last year, who was hyped to go in the first round but slipped to the third, and wasn’t going to make his team in his second year until the third quarterback rule came back into play.

  20. Instead of throwing balls into a trashcan from 40 yards, they have him aiming for a swimming pool. Results are promising so far. There’s a very good chance he hits it by the end of the year.

  21. I have to agree that other qb’s don’t get as much media protection as others do, and the reason is nauseating.

    He barely played in college and his numbers were nothing to really talk about, but cause he has the look that teams want now he was picked 4th overall, what a joke, and Kap is still complaining that the league hasn’t changed, give me a break.

    Look at how bad the 49ers set themselves back cause they wanted Lance to be the face of the franchise!

    I am hoping Richardson is a bust for a few reasons mainly cause I feel Minshew has not gotten a fair shake at being a starting qb and so this experiment with these new type of running qb’s comes to an end. Go back to drafting a qb who is a pocket passer who can read defenses, stay in the pocket, go thru his reads, make the tough throw consistently and if everything else fails then move around. Oh, also have some playing experience in college.

  22. If you look at the first year record for a bunch of high drafted QB’s in recent years:
    Kyler Murray: 5-10-1
    Trevor Lawrence: 3-14
    Zach Wilson:3-10
    Justin Fields:2-8

    why not letting him the start and learn in real situation after a couple of weeks.

  23. Remember he was drafted for his upside which IMHO is very high. If he puts in work, the sky is the limit for this kid.

  24. It sounds like The Athletic is doing some quid-pro-quo PR so the Colts can sell season tickets. I know the angle is that Steichen turned Hurts into a top QB but EVEN IF Richardson’s the real deal, it took Hurts 3 years to really figure it out–and he actually played well in college and had lots of reps.

  25. I was skeptical of AR being drafted. Downright pissed actually. But, the more you read about the character of the kid and the fact that he’s humble and desires to be coached up days a lot about him. He’s got all the physical tools, and apparently the mental make up to have those talents coached up actually gives me hope that he is wanting to be better and willing to learn.

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