Colts’ Quenton Nelson praises QB Anthony Richardson even more

Colts’ Quenton Nelson praises QB Anthony Richardson even more

Last spring, Indianapolis Colts All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson insisted that second-year Anthony Richardson already has “everything you want in a quarterback.”

Nelson clarified his comments during a recent appearance on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast.

“He’s an absolute monster,” Nelson said of Richardson, according to Kevin Patra of the NFL website. “After practice, he’s 250 pounds. He’s huge. He can throw the ball and be accurate. The plays he can make, you’ve seen some of them, the glimpses of them. It’s like, oh my goodness, this guy is special.”

Of course, there is concern that Richardson may have relied a bit too much on his “freak” qualities during his rookie season. The fourth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft was visibly shaken during his regular-season debut before suffering a concussion the following weekend. Richardson then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in his fourth start.

There was a lot of talk this offseason about the steps head coach Shane Steichen and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will take to better protect Richardson next fall, and Nelson said Richardson has done well to address all aspects of his game ahead of the signal-caller’s second professional training camp.

“He’s not very vocal, I would say, but he goes about his business in a way that he’s on top of it, and he’s ready at any time,” Nelson added of Richardson. “Yeah, he’s a special guy.”

Richardson has been dealing with some mild “soreness” in his throwing shoulder during mandatory minicamp, but is expected to be back to full fitness when Indianapolis begins training camp later this month.

Late Wednesday morning, Richardson was listed at +600 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook as the fourth betting favorite to win the Comeback Player of the Year award for the upcoming season.

Richardson completed 59.5 percent of 84 passes for 577 yards with three touchdowns and one interception last season. He also ran for 136 yards and four scores on 25 attempts.

The 22-year-old will look to build on his several promising performances and avoid costly injury setbacks, starting with Indianapolis’ Week 1 game against the Houston Texans on Sept. 8.