Sunday afternoon was the start of the Anthony Richardson era for the Indianapolis Colts. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft won the starting quarterback job over Gardner Minshew this offseason and was in the lineup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
Overall, it was a strong debut for Anthony Richardson. The Colts didn’t win the game, losing 31-21, but they were competitive right to the final whistle. Indianapolis actually held a lead into the fourth quarter before the Jaguars reclaimed it with 5:14 remaining.
Jacksonville would ice the game a few minutes later. Following that touchdown, Anthony Richardson thew an interception while targeting tight end Mo Alie-Cox deep down the field. Three plays later, the Jaguars scored again to take a 10-point lead, which ended up being the final score.
It was certainly an encouraging debut as there were a lot of positives to take away. The moment never looked too big for Anthony Richardson, who compelled 24-of-37 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 10 rushes for 40 yards and another score for a solid all-around game.
After the game, he received some advice from his counterpart, Trevor Lawrence. The No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has quickly ascended the quarterback rankings and bestowed some tips on Anthony Richardson following the game.
“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,” Lawrence said via Zak Keefer of The Athletic.
That is certainly advice that Anthony Richardson should heed. He is the most important player in the organization and his health is imperative to the Colts reaching the highest level possible. If he can avoid a hit, whether it is throwing a ball away earlier or going out of bounds, sacrificing a yard or two, it will pay off in the long run.