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Yahoo Sports Nate Tice believes Colts’ Anthony Richardson is an “outsider candidate for NFL MVP”

Yahoo Sports Nate Tice believes Colts’ Anthony Richardson is an “outsider candidate for NFL MVP”

According to Yahoo Sports Nate Tice on the “Jim Rome Show” Indianapolis Colts Quarterback in the 2nd year Anthony Richardson is an “outsider for next year’s NFL MVP,” as he recently had high praise for the exceptionally athletic dual-threat passer:

“He’s got more polish than people give him credit for,” Tice said when asked what impressed him most during Richardson’s limited rookie season. “He’s not just a big, crazy athlete, which he is. He’s a rare, rare athlete. He’s more of a true quarterback, and he showed that a little bit in Florida, and that’s why I was pretty excited about him at the draft. But I think he’s shown in those four games that he’s very composed in the pocket. He can avoid sacks. He doesn’t make a lot of negative plays.”

“Some of those accuracy things, like completion percentage, are under 60 percent. That’s partly because he pushes the ball and takes risks, but there are some things I think he can work on a little bit more and I think it will improve with more reps. He’s so, so young. He’s younger than every quarterback drafted in the first round this year except for Drake Maye and JJ McCarthy.”

“I’m very excited. He’s an outside candidate for MVP to me. I think the odds are 30-1, 35-1 if you’re betting. But it’s one of the ones I’m looking at. I really like Shane Steichen’s offense. I think Steichen is one. He’s really in my top five, top six offensive playcallers right now — and I’m trying to get the reins on not getting too excited about it. But I’m really excited to see what this Colts offense looks like because I think Richardson is going to improve by leaps and bounds with every game.”

The full podcast of the “Jim Rome Show” with Nate Tice from Yahoo Sports can be found Here.

Although his rookie season was cut short due to a season-ending shoulder injury, Richardson really shined in limited action as a rookie. He was on pace to become a strong contender for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, rivaling CJ Stroud of the Houston Texans – as he totaled 7 touchdowns in his first four starts (even beating Stroud head-to-head in Houston in Week 2).

Everyone knew Richardson’s running talent and that he would fit perfectly into the scheme of new head coach Shane Steichen, who had previously called plays for Philadelphia Eagles’ rising star quarterback Jalen Hurts. But what really was Richardson’s quality as a passer far exceeded his age. He was only 21 years old as a rookie and far from the inexperienced passer he was mistakenly labeled as when he started in Florida.

Richardson’s presence in the pocket, his composure and his ability to make passes under pressure really stood out. Yes, the second-year quarterback, as Tice notes, needs to take some steps to improve his accuracy, especially in the short game.

Still, there’s a lot to like and dream about with Richardson right now – you don’t have to look far to see a potential superstar in the starting quarterback position.

Secret candidate for the NFL MVP title? We will see.

That may be a bit high even for me in 2024, but there is no doubt that if Richardson can continue to improve and develop as a passer (and stay healthy), he can eventually reach that elite level as a starting quarterback in the NFL, and maybe even sooner than initially expected.