3 moves Colts can make to give Anthony Richardson everything he needs

QB1 has the backing of this organization, but could they do a little more for the second-year pro?

Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Richardson
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Recently, we touched on the idea that the Indianapolis Colts have decided to essentially run it back with much of their same roster from last year.

The premise behind doing so, and re-signing so many of their own free agents, is due to the fact that this organization has the utmost faith in franchise quarterback Anthony Richardson.

While that's all good and well, I think we can agree that this team still needs to put a bit more talent around Richardson prior to the 2024 season kicking off. But, which moves, specifically, should they look to make?

Let's look at three, in particular, that could be a catalyst for Richardson's Year 2 ascension.

Trading up for Brock Bowers could drastically change this offense

The Colts' plan at tight end has included a variety of names over the last few seasons. To this day, they haven't truly found an established weapon at the position. But, at pick no. 15, this could be prime position for the Colts to trade up a few spots and get the draft's top tight end in Georgia's Brock Bowers.

If you're looking for your stereotypical "wide receiver in a tight end's body" or "big wide receiver, not a tight end" type of scouting report, look no further. Bowers is a game-changing player at the position who can line up anywhere and make an impact. Richardson would have a bonafide no. 2 option in the passing game, and it would come at the tight end position. This would open things up significantly for other guys like Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor to be even more effective.

Malachi Corley would make Richardson's life so much easier

If the Colts wanted to find a true difference-maker at wide receiver, and someone who would truly make life easy on Richardson, then they need to go get Malachi Corley. This kid is one of my favorite players in the draft, simply because of the fact that he takes playing this game personally. Once he has the ball in his hands, Corley doesn't dare allow you to be the first man to bring him down.

The guy is this year's self-proclaimed "YAC king." And, he backs it up. If all Richardson has to do is get the ball out to Corley in an efficient manner, and Corley takes it past the chains or to the house, Richardson's going to be buying him a few dinners in the future.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Indy would be both hilarious and helpful

Behind Taylor, the Colts don't have much of a dependable backup running back. Trey Sermon ran well in limited action last year, but do they really want to depend on a guy who hadn't done anything in the league to that point? Evan Hull is unestablished. Tyler Goodson isn't necessarily someone to get excited about.

But, how about if the Colts go sign the guy Kansas City selected before Indianapolis drafted Taylor? That would be ironic, to say the least.

In all seriousness, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a capable backup who can catch the football and, he's learned that he must pass protect if he's going to have a role in this league.