Colts' offseason moves should have fans hyped about Anthony Richardson's Year 2

Heck yeah!

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This time last year, we weren't 100% sure what the Indianapolis Colts' plans were at quarterback. Ever since Andrew Luck had shockingly retired before the 2019 season began, the Colts were rolling with a new signal-caller every year. The hope was that with the fourth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, they'd find their franchise quarterback and that was the expectation when they took Anthony Richardson in the first round.

Richardson looked promising in the first few games of his rookie season but unfortunately, he only got to start four games before he was sidelined for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. Before Richardson went down for the year, he had thrown for 577 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while rushing for 136 yards and four scores with his legs.

Colts fans might have noticed that the team hasn't brought in many outside free agents but instead have opted to re-sign players already with the organization. Well, according to Stephen Holder, "the single biggest reason the Colts have basically run it back with their roster is because they are convinced Richardson is a difference maker who can help them take a leap."

Colts have all the faith in the world in Anthony Richardson

The Colts came oh so close to making the playoffs last season and that was without Richardson for the majority of the season. Just imagine how much better this team will be in 2024 with him healthy and ready to ball out. Head coach Shane Steichen said he expects Richardson back by spring practice but the team plans to take it easy with him.

If Richardson does get dinged up, the Colts signed Joe Flacco as a backup quarterback option, which was a smart move for them. Flacco helped lead the Browns to the playoffs last season when they had quarterback injuries throughout the year.

The hope, however, is that Richardson stays healthy and can take the next step and lead the Colts back to the postseason.