During the 2023 pre-draft process, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson talked about how he referred to himself as Cam Jackson in high school. The Cam representing Cam Newton, and the Jackson referencing Lamar Jackson, two quarterbacks that Richardson modeled his game after as he was coming up.
Now, Richardson is in the NFL, and he has a chance to face off against the very quarterbacks that he wanted to be like. That first matchup could come on Sunday, when the Colts travel to take on the Baltimore Ravens for a Week 3 game. Ahead of the game, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson shared his reaction to finding out that Richardson was comparing himself to Jackson.
Lamar laughed and told the media that it made him feel old, even though he’s still young at just 26 years old. Jackson followed up by saying he does appreciate stuff like that.
Anthony Richardson is making Lamar Jackson feel old
Lamar Jackson also went on to say that he watched some of Richardson’s games in college, and the young quarterback looked phenomenal, just as he has in his first two NFL games. Now, the hope is that Richardson can continue developing, and eventually reach the heights that Jackson has reached.
A more pressing hope is that Anthony Richardson can actually play this weekend and face off against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. After sustaining a concussion in Week 2 against the Houston Texans, the rookie quarterback is still in concussion protocol, and didn’t practice on Wednesday. So while this matchup was circled as a fun game with two dual-threat quarterbacks, Richardson may be sidelined, and Gardner Minshew may be at QB for the Colts.
The good news is that Minshew looked great in Week 2, so Indianapolis should still be competitive with him at quarterback. However, it would be fun to watch Lamar Jackson and Anthony Richardson trade explosive plays.