Rookie Anthony Richardson has secured the role of starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts in the upcoming season, as revealed by coach Shane Steichen on Tuesday.
During his debut in the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills last Saturday, Richardson encountered a setback when he threw an interception. Nonetheless, Coach Steichen commended the rookie for his remarkable composure in the face of adversity. Steichen took responsibility for the interception, emphasizing the team’s need for improved communication.
In the opening match, Richardson confronted a series of challenges, including unfavorable field position, penalties, a missed 28-yard field goal attempt, and a dropped potential 34-yard touchdown pass. Despite these obstacles, he managed to complete 7 out of 12 passes, accumulating a total of 67 yards. The standout moment was the interception on the Colts’ inaugural drive of the game. However, Richardson’s ability to maintain his focus and composure amidst the setback showcased his impressive mental strength.
The pivotal interception unfolded when the Buffalo Bills executed a safety blitz from the right edge. This move left right tackle Blake Freeland to contend with two rushers in close proximity. Unfortunately, Richardson and receiver Isaiah McKenzie failed to synchronize their adjustments for countering such a blitz. Consequently, Richardson had limited choices and chose to force a pass instead of opting for a sack or throwing the ball out of bounds.
Notably, Anthony Richardson was chosen by the Colts from the University of Florida as the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. His selection marked a significant milestone for the Colts, as he became their first first-round quarterback pick since Andrew Luck in 2012.