The Indianapolis Colts’ Anthony Richardson era officially began on Sunday afternoon. Gardner Minshew was replaced as the starting quarterback this offseason by the No. 4 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. While the Jacksonville Jaguars came out on top, Richardson still showed flashes of greatness.
Despite losing 31–21, they remained competitive until the final horn. Up until 5:14 left in the game, Indianapolis had the lead. However, the Jaguars came out on top. There were many positive things to take away from the debut.
Richardson completed 24-of-37 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, yet the situation never seemed too huge for him. He added 10 rushes for 40 yards and another touchdown in a solid overall performance. His ability on the ground and through the air makes him dangerous to opposing teams.
Trevor Lawrence, his opponent, gave him some advice following the game. After the match, Lawrence stressed the importance of prioritizing his health and safety while remaining competitive.
“Great game, you made some unbelievable plays … but try and protect yourself. The hits add up in this league, and they’re a little different than in college.”Trevor Lawrence
Richardson ought to follow that advice from Lawrence. Since he is the most crucial member of the team, the Colts must do their best to keep him healthy. He will benefit in the long run if he can avoid being hit, whether it be by tossing the ball away earlier or going out of bounds.
The Colts organization sadly knows all too well about the toll injuries can take on a career at the quarterback position. Andrew Luck, a Colts legend, was forced into retirement back in 2019 due to injuries and taking so many hits. The Colts will look to provide Richardson with a long and healthy career for many years.