Indianapolis Colts first-year coach Shane Steichen said rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson put forth a “solid” performance in Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, even if his passing stats say otherwise.
Richardson, the fourth overall draft pick this year out of Florida, played the first half and led the Colts on three scoring drives in a 27-13 victory over the Eagles. He connected on just 6 of 17 throws for 78 yards, but he also ran for a game-high 38 yards on five carries.
“Shoot, I thought he did a solid job. We scored three out of the first four drives, which is good,” Steichen said. “The two-minute drive wasn’t what we wanted, but we’ll go back, look at the tape. I thought he did some really good things and some things we’ve got to clean up as well.”
Richardson was named Indianapolis’ starting quarterback on Aug. 15. He will be under center on Sept. 10 when the Colts host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Richardson, 21, played in 24 games over three seasons at Florida. He started 12 games last season, posting a 6-6 record. He completed 176 passes for 2,549 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ran 103 times for 654 yards with nine scores.
—Field Level Media
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