Splitting first-team reps
Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-25
Richardson and Gardner Minshew are splitting first-team reps in 7-on-7s Thursday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
The Colts seem open to starting Richardson as soon as Week 1 if he looks ready, rather than defaulting to Minshew's experience and track record of competence. The fourth overall pick is miles ahead of his veteran counterpart (and most other pro QBs) when it comes to physical traits, combining a strong arm with wide-receiver speed (4.44 40) and linebacker size (6-4, 244). Even if he doesn't start the season opener, Richardson will take the field at some point during his rookie year.
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Goes to Indy fourth overall
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-27
The Colts selected Richardson in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, fourth overall.
Richardson is raw as a passer and has mechanical work ahead to improve his accuracy, but the Florida product will only turn 21 in May and is not unusually raw for a player his age. If Richardson can make improvements to his skill set then the results could be uniquely explosive, because athletes of his caliber just do not happen very often. At 6-foot-4, 244 pounds Richardson is massive for a quarterback, yet his 4.43-second 40-yard dash indicates speed that would make most wide receivers jealous. Richardson only completed 53.8 percent of his passes in 2022 and his nine interceptions were too much for just 327 attempts, but even if Richardson never improves as a passer he should prove a top-two rushing threat at quarterback. It's not clear whether Richardson might start over veteran Gardner Minshew in Week 1, but the Colts will presumably give Richardson a chance to compete for the opportunity.
Wows at NFL Combine
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-04
Richardson set the quarterback record for vertical and broad jump at the NFL Combine while also running the third-fastest 40-yard dash ever among signal callers, Field Yates of ESPNreports.
It's going to be hard to put the genie back in the bottle after Saturday's performance. The polarizing Florida product was billed entering the NFL Combine as an impressive athlete, and he somehow exceeded even those lofty expectations by setting the record for best vertical by a quarterback (40.5) and longest ever broad jump by a quarterback (10-foot-9) while weighing in at 244 pounds. The highly touted prospect then capped off the impressive day with an unofficial 4.44 40-yard dash, third fastest by any QB in the modern combine. The redshirt sophomore threw for just 2,549 yards and a 17:9 TD:INT last season with the Gators in his only season as a true starter and seemed erratic in both his decision making and accuracy as a thrower, but he also compiled 1,055 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns over his past two collegiate seasons, emphasizing his multi-dimensional capabilities. Saturday's performance will ignite constant debate regarding his draft stock, but he could make for an intriguing fantasy option in the right offense.