Starting Richardson a big gamble for Colts

When the Colts drafted Anthony Richardson with the fourth pick in the draft, it was taken for granted he would be the team’s quarterback of the future.

But even Richardson said he was shocked when the Colts named him the starting quarterback after one preseason game in which he had a typical up and down performance against the Bills.

The question now is whether he will be ready to play or is he being thrown into the fire too soon.

After all, he started only 13 games at Florida.

The Colts signed veteran journeyman Gardner Minshew in the offseason to compete in camp but decided not to wait to go with Richardson.

Coach Shane Steichen said Richardson’s playmaking ability tipped the scales in his favor.

Minshew will be a reliable backup and said he understands the move because Richardson is now the franchise.

The worst thing that could happen is that Richardson could have a 3-13 season like Peyton Manning did as a rookie. But that worked out just fine for the Colts.

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