Selected Indianapolis Colts quarterback anthony richardson with the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, indicating that Richardson is the quarterback of the future.
The Florida product enters the league with raw talent but without much experience, not becoming a full-time starter in college until the 2022 season.
Indianapolis also has veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew on its roster, who could be competing with Richardson for the Day 1 starter in 2023.
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On Wednesday, Minshew praised Richardson, saying he was impressed with how quickly he has been able to process.
«I’m really impressed, because a lot of times the biggest guys with the bigger arms they’re not as quick with some of the RPO stuff and the underhand passing stuff,» Minshew said, according to NFL.com. «He’s very quick, and his feet are very quick, and I think he can get the ball out and process fast.»
The two quarterbacks trained together at the same facility in Florida before the draft, before they knew they would be teammates.
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«Obviously, the first thing is how impressive the ball is jumping out of his hand. Physically, he’s got everything you want, so from that point of view, just seeing him is like, ‘Wow, this guy really has a shot.'» Minshew said. «And then being around him and seeing how he works, how he takes criticism and wants to learn and improve, all of those things are really encouraging.»
While the first year head coach Shane Steichen hasn’t revealed if Richardson will be the Day 1 starter or if a contest will take place during training camp, Richardson’s selection certainly makes him the future of the franchise.
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Minshew said part of his job as the team’s veteran quarterback is to help his younger teammates at the position.
«That’s part of my role, is to try to make them feel comfortable. You want to help the room as much as you can, everyone in it,» he said. «So we have two younger guys, him and Sam, so I try to help them whenever I can.»