Indianapolis Colts fans finally got to see their potential franchise quarterback Anthony Richardson in regular season play in Week 1. The Colts ultimately fell to their rival Jacksonville Jaguars 31-21, while Richardson put up a decent performance for a debut that showed some flashes of what he could become.
The rookie out of Florida put up a decent stat line, completing 24-of-37 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown but one game-sealing interception. He also showed what he could do with his legs as he took 10 carries for 40 yards and his first NFL touchdown. While the win was what the team was after, it was promising to see their young signal caller go out and perform while showing his potential. There is always plenty to improve on, especially for a rookie quarterback who had not had a ton of games under his belt in college as well.
Richardson was able to show that if the Colts develop him properly, he has all the tools to become a reliable quarterback as this team looks to become competitive once more. Every Colts fan has also already heard the story that this team has had a different Week 1 starter for ages now, but Richardson will look to break that streak.
But obviously, you have to take the good with the bad, and some key aspects to Richardson's game need to improve as the season goes along. So what needs to get patched up before this team is sure they have found their long-term answer? Let’s take a look.