Colts name Anthony Richardson their regular-season starting QB

Coach Shane Steichen made the announcement Tuesday, three days after Richardson had a solid performance against Buffalo’s defense in the Colts’ preseason opener.

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The Colts named rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson as their regular-season starter.

The Colts named rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson as their regular-season starter.

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WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts saw enough from rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson in his NFL debut on Saturday to name him their opening day starter.

Coach Shane Steichen made the announcement Tuesday, three days after Richardson had a solid performance against Buffalo’s defense in the Colts’ preseason opener.

When Indy hosts Jacksonville on Sept. 10, it will be the seventh consecutive year the Colts open the season with a new starter. The streak began when Scott Tolzien replaced the injured Andrew Luck in 2017.

Richardson, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, beat out veteran Gardner Minshew for the job. Minshew signed with Indy as a free agent during the offseason.

The Colts and Bears will hold joint practices this week in Westfield before playing each other in a preseason game on Saturday. Bears coach Matt Eberflus was noncommittal about whether quarterback Justin Fields will play Saturday or rely on the practices as game-like work.

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