The 2023 No. 4 overall pick beat out Gardner Minshew and Sam Ehlinger for the starting job. Richardson got the start for the team's Week 1 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills ( ). The other two quarterbacks hit the field following Richardson's opening three drives.
In his NFL debut, Richardson went 7-for-12 with 67 yards and one interception. He added two carries for seven yards. The drives he led ended in an interception, a turnover on downs and a missed field goal.
Richardson received first-round reps in training camp, a good indication that the team was headed in the direction of making him its starter. Minshew and Richardson began camp by alternating who got first-team reps, but it soon became the rookie who was getting consecutive days with the starters.
Minshew will be the backup quarterback and a veteran presence for the QB out of Florida to learn from.
The Colts have not had consistency at quarterback in recent history -- turning to Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan on one-year stints since Andrew Luck retired -- and are hoping their first-round pick can be a long-term star for them.