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Quenton Nelson raves over Anthony Richardson heading into 2024: 'He's special'

FaceProfileby:Thomas Goldkamp07/10/24
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As NFL teams work their way through the offseason regime it’s a chance for players who were hurt last season to reintegrate themselves into the flow of things. Like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Richardson suffered a shoulder sprain last season that ended his rookie campaign. But according to teammates, he’s looking as sharp as ever this offseason.

“He was electric when he was in there. And he’s an absolute freak,” said offensive lineman Quenton Nelson on the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast. “He’s weighing in like after practice at like 250 pounds. He’s ginormous. He can launch the ball and he can be accurate with it, too. The plays that he can make, some of the ones that you’ve seen the flashes of it it’s like, ‘Oh my goodness, this guy’s special.'”

Anthony Richardson played in only four games for the Colts last season, going 2-2 as the starter with one of the losses coming in overtime.

He threw for 577 yards and three touchdowns, while tossing just one interception. He also showed some rushing ability, running for 136 yards and four touchdowns.

That kind of dual-threat ability will make him a menace in the league… if he can stay healthy.

Teammates like Nelson say Anthony Richardson has done an excellent job preparing himself in a very mature manner as he gets ready for his second season at the helm.

“How he goes about his business and like, he’s not very vocal I would say, but he just goes about his business in a way that he’s handling it and he’s ready at all times,” Nelson said. “Yeah, he’s special, dude.”

Anthony Richardson is one of the more raw starting quarterbacks in the NFL. He got four games worth of experience last season, but that came on the heels of a college career in which he was the full-time starter for only one season.

It means he’s potentially got a lot of room for growth to the upside.

Indianapolis is hoping he can unlock that upside this fall. And if Nelson’s attestations are any indication, that is looking to be quite the legitimate possibility.