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Colts training camp 2024: Quarterback preview, roster forecast

Colts training camp 2024: Quarterback preview, roster forecast

In less than two weeks, the Indianapolis Colts will begin their 2024 training camp at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield.

As with any team, the quarterback position will be the deciding factor in the outcome of the upcoming season. In Anthony Richardson, they have a young, rising star who missed his rookie season due to a shoulder injury.

Richardson flashed his ability many times in the four games he played, but there are still some questions he needs to answer from both a health and developmental perspective.

The Colts narrowly missed a playoff spot because Gardner Minshew played most of the 2023 season at quarterback. Shane Steichen’s first season with a 9-7 record was impressive enough, but the playoff drought extended to three years.

Before training camp begins, we’ll be breaking down each of the Colts’ position groups. From highlighting the new additions to projecting the depth chart, we’ll keep you updated on everything position-related.

Colts 2024 Training Camp Preview: Quarterback

Anthony Richardson with full commitment

The biggest story on the entire roster revolves around the franchise quarterback’s throwing shoulder. After suffering a small injury scare during minicamp, Richardson is now fully ready to go for training camp.

The surgically repaired right shoulder was sore at the end of the offseason training program, prompting the Colts to be cautious with the face of the franchise. Of course, Colts fans had a right to panic, given the history of quarterback injuries.

However, Richardson is expected to be at full capacity when the team returns to Westfield on July 24.

Arrivals and departures outside the season

The Colts wisely signed Gardner Minshew to a two-year, $25 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. To do that, they needed to find a backup quarterback to fill that role behind Richardson on the roster. They chose the experienced Joe Flacco.

After helping lead the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs, Flacco was signed as a free agent to a solid one-year contract with the Colts. The Colts also signed two undrafted rookie free agents after the 2024 NFL Draft – Kedon Slovis and Jason Bean.

Battle for the key position of quarterback

With Richardson and Flacco already firmly in their roles as starter and backup, respectively, there is only one position battle here in training camp. The duo of undrafted rookies will compete with third-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger for the QB3 position.

Ehlinger hasn’t shown much in his short time as a starter, but he has a lot to offer as a running quarterback. Bean also plays wide receiver for the Colts, so most eyes will be on the battle between Ehlinger and Slovis.

It’s unlikely the Colts will start with three quarterbacks as long as Richardson is healthy, so whoever wins that battle will likely remain on the practice squad and serve as an emergency quarterback on game days.

Expected quarterback lineup for Week 1

The preview is rounded off by a forecast of the quarterback position, which is, however, quite clear.

Starter: Anthony Richardson
Backup: Joe Flacco
Depth: Sam Ehlinger (practice squad)

The battle between Ehlinger and Slovis could go either way, but we’ll give Ehlinger the benefit of the doubt until we see her in training camp.