Everyone is already expecting a big season from Colts QB Anthony Richardson in 2024

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson barely had a rookie season, but expectations will be high for him going into year two.
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Anthony Richardson speaks to the media Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 at the
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Anthony Richardson speaks to the media Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 at the / Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Anthony Richardson barely got his feet wet in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback started just four games and played only 173 snaps before a sprained AC joint to his throwing shoulder ended his season. Still, Richardson has already shown people enough to have them excited about his future with the Colts.

Jonathon Macri, in a recent piece for PFF, named some early breakout candidates for all 32 teams in 2024. For the Colts, Anthony Richardson was the no-brainer answer.

Anthony Richardson named breakout candidate for 2024 season

Macri explained that Richardson’s elite dual-threat ability that was briefly displayed during his rookie season, could provide a big boost to the Colts next season, as long as the young quarterback can stay healthy. In Anthony Richardson’s limited action, he completed 59.5% of his passes for 577 yards, three touchdowns, and just one interception, while also rushing for 136 yards and four additional touchdowns on the ground.

While the rest of his on-field development was stripped from him, Richardson believes the injury allowed him to slow things down and grow mentally, as he was able to sit and learn from Gardner Minshew and Shane Steichen. Once completely healthy, Richardson will marry the lessons he learned with his physical abilities and try to take over the NFL.

The health is the biggest concern at this point. While it was the sprained AC Joint that ended Richardson’s season, it wasn’t his first injury in his young NFL career. Richardson suffered a bruised knee in his first start and a concussion in his second. In the four games that he started, he only finished one. But, Richardson vowed that while he won’t be changing his playing style, he will play smarter.

He’s still extremely young, and his next game will only be his fifth in the league, so there will still probably be some growing pains. But if he can stay healthy, he and the Indianapolis Colts have a chance to make a lot of noise in 2024.