Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor has some high praise for Anthony Richardson.
The dynamic running back said the rookie quarterback reminded him of Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson and Cam Newton. All three at their peak were electric. Newton’s days might be done, but Hurts and Jackson are near the top of the league.
“You look at the guys that are in the league now, Hh reminds me of Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson,” Taylor said via the Horseshoe Huddle. “Looking at the size component, you’d throw Cam Newton in there as well. He’s a physical threat. With today’s NFL coaching, Richardson will take the mental component of his game to the next level. Coach Shane Steichen is a tremendous guy for our job. Like I mentioned earlier, as long as he [Richardson] comes in willing to absorb the information, it’s going to get real scary out there on the field for opposing defenses.”
Taylor alo spoke on the Colts drafting Richardson.
“I was very excited,” Taylor said of drafting Richardson. “If you look at his skill set, the sky’s the limit for him. Now it’s all about coming in and absorbing the coaching aspect of it. He has to absorb the little nuggets of knowledge that our veterans are going to offer him. I know that’s what helped me when I was a rookie in this league. That’s how I came into my own. If he does that, the sky’s the limit for Anthony Richardson.”
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Speaking to reporters in Indianapolis earlier this year, the former Florida quarterback said he’s been calling himself “Cam Jackson” since 11th grade.
“Just trying to make big plays, just like Cam Newton and Lamar Jackson,” he explained.
The biggest concerns for Richardson that scouts had was his ability as a passer. He completed 53.8 percent of his passes for the Gators in 2022, his only season as their starting quarterback. He threw for 2,549 yards on a 53.8% completion percentage for 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Both Newton and Jackson faced scrutiny leading up to the draft about their ability to throw the football. They have both answered the call during their careers, and now Richardson has to go through the same thing.
However, Newton and Jackson have never been the most accurate passers. Part of the reason why Cam is a free agent is he has only completed more than 60 percent of his attempts three times in 11 seasons. Jackson has a 63.7 career completion percentage in five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
Despite that, they have been accurate enough and were more than capable of making big plays through the air to keep defenses honest.
Richardson’s physical traits cannot be ignored as he measured in at 6-foot-4, 244 pounds at the NFL Combine.
The Colts franchise is basically praying Richardson can finally stop the carousel of quarterbacks coming to town since Andrew Luck retired.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.