Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen expressed his satisfaction with the progress made by rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson in understanding the team’s offense.
As the Colts’ offseason program came to a close, Steichen shared his positive observations regarding the young signal-caller.
While Richardson’s status as the starting quarterback for the upcoming season remains uncertain, Steichen’s comments indicate that the coaching staff has been impressed with the rookie’s development.
“Obviously, we’ll get pads on in training camp to get the real rush, the real feel, and all that stuff. But pleased with where he is at, grasping the offense,” Steichen stated during Wednesday’s press conference. He emphasized that the learning process is continuous for all players, regardless of their position, and highlighted Richardson’s progress. “We’ve got to keep working, and we’ll go from there.”
Steichen also praised Richardson’s ability to handle different scenarios, such as the red zone and hurry-up offense. He commended the rookie’s performance during unscripted periods, where he showcased his adaptability and decision-making skills.
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Richardson is already getting 1st team reps at practice, as he's looking to open the season as QB1.
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Richardson himself emphasized his dedication to thorough preparation during his press conference earlier in the week. He acknowledged the importance of going beyond the bare minimum in studying the playbook to be fully prepared for game-time situations.
“For one, my position and the light that I’m in — I can’t do the bare minimum. The team would not allow that, I would not allow that for myself,” Richardson explained. He emphasized his desire to learn and understand the information for the team, ensuring he can contribute effectively when given the opportunity.
Richardson’s enthusiasm for Coach Steichen’s offense was evident, expressing his enjoyment and the feeling that the game has slowed down for him since joining the team after the draft.
While the regular season is still a ways off for the Colts, Richardson’s commitment to his craft and eagerness to learn have positioned him well to make an impact as soon as possible.
The Colts’ coaching staff will continue evaluating Richardson’s progress during training camp, with the hope that he can contribute significantly to the team’s success in the future.