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Colts’ Anthony Richardson makes a bold statement about the difficulty of the NFL

The Indianapolis Colts are done with the early rounds of the offseason and mini-camps, but not without a little drama. Quarterback Anthony Richardson was held back from throwing with his right arm on the final day of June minicamp after experiencing pain in the surgically repaired shoulder.

Richardson was originally expected to be fully cleared sometime in July, so a day of rest shouldn’t be a concern heading into training camp. The 2023 fourth overall pick appeared in just four games in his rookie season but is expected to return fully in time for Week 1.

Despite such a small amount of playing time, Richardson went to Jeff Teague’s Club 520 podcast and stated that “playing in the NFL is easier than in college”.

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“In college you have players that are good,” Richardson said. “But they don’t have that much confidence. They have to trust that other players are doing this so that they can do that. But in the league, everyone is trying to work to stay in the league and keep their jobs. So everyone is trying to get out That just lets me know that I don’t have to do too much. I’m going to do my job and he’s going to do his job, and it’s going to work.

While injuries plagued his freshman year, Richardson is looking to back up his words and put in the work to form one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Young playmakers make up the Colts’ backfield as All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor returns from his own injuries while playing alongside a receiving core of Michael Pittman Jr., Josh Downs, AD Mitchell and Alec Pierce.

If everyone could “do their job,” Indianapolis could put on a weekly show every Sunday. Richardson believes in his boys more than ever and trusts them to show up when the lights shine brightest.

Richardson showed plenty of elite potential in his four games, totaling seven touchdowns and over 700 yards of offense. Taking a back seat for most of his rookie season could be beneficial for his development and how he sees the field. Staying healthy will be the most important thing as the former Florida Gator looks to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Indianapolis.

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