Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson has already made a strong impression on his new teammates both in what he’s flashed on the field and the type of work ethic he brings to the facility each day.
While on the Jim Rome Show, Colts captain and linebacker Zaire Franklin talked about the impression Richardson has made through the first week of OTAs and how his appeal goes beyond simply what he does on the field.
“It’s cool to have a young boy come in with a lot of glitz and glam. But, you know, I think the thing I like so much about Anthony is that he’s all about the work,” Franklin said on the show. “He’s all about the game. He comes early. He’s putting that work in.”
This essentially falls in line with everything we’ve heard about Richardson’s attitude since he arrived on the scene as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft. He’s a non-stop worker who keeps a smile on his face seemingly at all times.
While Richardson hasn’t been without his growing pains during the early part of OTAs, Franklin has also joined the several analysts and players who have bought into his ceiling.
“As he’s settled in, he started to make plays. He’s athletic, he makes some big throws,” Franklin said. “I think just as he’s settled down and as he continued to get comfortable and work with coach Steichen and the offense with those guys in a rhythm, a routine, I definitely think he has everything necessary to be special.”
There’s still a long road of development ahead of Richardson as he gets acclimated to life in the NFL, but it’s exciting to know he’s already showing flashes and leaving a strong impression on his new teammates.
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