AFC South rookie debuts: Jaguars RB Tank Bigsby And Other Winners, 3 Losers

• A trio of Jaguars players rose their stock in Week 1 of the preseason

• On the other hand, the rookie QBs in the AFC South struggled

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Loser: Colts QB Anthony Richardson, Inconsistencies in Preseason Opener

Anthony Richardson showed flashes of potential in his preseason debut but also had moments of inconsistency. The rookie for the Indianapolis Colts demonstrated good poise and strength with the ball in his hands, escaping tackles and making plays on the ground.

However, Richardson struggled with accuracy and made questionable decisions at times. His performance serves as a reminder of the learning curve that comes with transitioning to the NFL.

Richardson's first possession in the preseason game did not go as planned. On the Colts' opening drive, he hesitated and threw a pass off his back foot, resulting in an interception by Bills cornerback Dane Jackson. The interception led to a touchdown for the Bills, setting a disappointing tone for Richardson's debut.

Despite the interception, Richardson's performance throughout the game showed glimpses of his potential. The Colts primarily had him attempt short, quick passes, and he completed seven of 12 attempts for 67 yards.

Richardson's accuracy ran hot and cold but he at times showcased the ability to make precise throws. He also demonstrated his mobility by rushing for seven yards on two carries, with one run called back due to a penalty.

The Colts utilized various offensive strategies during the preseason game to give Richardson valuable experience. They incorporated read-option plays and employed a no-huddle tempo, mimicking the game plan they intend to execute in the regular season. This approach allowed Richardson to familiarize himself with the Colts' offensive system and gain confidence in executing their plays effectively.

While Richardson's debut had its ups and downs, notable highlights showcased his potential. One particular play stood out when he threw a beautiful deep pass to wide receiver Alec Pierce. Although Pierce failed to make the catch, it displayed Richardson's ability to make accurate throws under pressure and in coverage.

The Colts coaching staff recognizes that Richardson's preseason debut was not flawless. The interception he threw on his first drive is a clear area of concern. They will focus on improving his decision-making and ensuring that he does not repeat such mistakes in future games. Richardson's ability to be on the same page as his receivers and the rest of the offense will be crucial for his development.

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