1. Quarterback Anthony Richardson must step up for Colts
If Jonathan Taylor is set to be traded, rookie phenom Anthony Richardson will already be expected to step up to a higher level of play. Taylor's departure would put more pressure on Richardson to carry the offense throughout the season.
While more time with the ball would be beneficial in Richardson's growth, it is still worrying to Colts fans to see that the offense has no run game to lean on. Forcing a project QB to run an offense is scary, but there is valuable experience to be gained if that's the case.
Fans have set low expectations for the season, so seeing game-to-game improvement is most important to the Colts organization. Shane Steichen will be able to show his creative ability in play calling with Anthony Richardson as his big frame yet quick feet allow for a wide variety of plays.
Although Richardson will have more pressure on him with Taylor's probable exit, it's important to understand that we are talking about a player that has 19 combined high school and college starts. Richardson may take a while to get accustomed to NFL game speed, but his potential and game-changing ability is through the roof.
Indianapolis will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 10 in a home opener where fans will pack the stadium to see Richardson play. Win or loss, Richardson is set to show how good he can be even without a star running back in his backfield.