Hype Machine At Full Throttle For Anthony Richardson

March 5th, 2023

Gators QB Anthony Richardson.

Joe couldn’t believe what was all over Twitter yesterday.

Goodness, folks seemed to think this Anthony Richardson of Florida had just thrown for 500 yards and seven touchdowns against a Nick Saban defense.

Instead, this Richardson was going through a glorified track practice at the NFL Combine. He ran. He jumped. He jumped some more. Cool — Joe guesses — if you’re Carl Lewis.

But what did Richardson do against a blitz or a stacked box yesterday? Dunno. How did Richardson fare throwing against dime coverage? Dunno, the NFL didn’t set up those drills. But dudes were allowed to throw to one receiver with no defenders, all the while wearing shorts.

So Richardson looked strong warming up for flag football practice. Awesome.

Get ready, Jason Licht!

Man, the hype for AR-15 was fully out of control yesterday.

Joe sees the momentum building for the Bucs to draft AR-15 with the No. 19 pick. Maybe even trading up to get him.

Apparently, AR-15 set an athletic record at the combine. Joe saw the other fop four quarterbacks on the list. The best one was Tyrod Taylor. Oh good! AR-15 beat out Tyrod Taylor! Call Canton!

Would Joe draft AR-15? Heck yeah, maybe in the third round. This dude is a project. Folks forget the NFL is about passing. Period. Every other physical attribute is icing and none of it means a damn if a quarterback cannot pass.

Last Joe checked, Bucs coach Todd Bowles isn’t planning on turning a Day 1 draft pick of a quarterback into a linebacker or a tight end or installing a wishbone offense.

Could AR-15 turn into a top-shelf quarterback? Darn right he could, but nothing in his one season as a starter at Florida (outside of his strong performance in a win over Utah) or that nonsense in Indianapolis yesterday tells Joe that AR-15 is the next Lamar Jackson, who was so much better than AR-15 in college as a passer.

And don’t even get Joe started with the comps of AR-15 to Cam Newton. They’re borderline insulting.

Joe would certainly draft AR-15. For real. But not in the first two rounds. And no way before Hendon Hooker of Tennessee.

54 Responses to “Hype Machine At Full Throttle For Anthony Richardson”

  1. sasquatch Says:

    By reporting on the hype machine, you become part of the hype machine. Does this article increase or decrease the speculation of Richardson to the Bucs? It’s about the volume of information, not the content at this stage. It’s the NFL offseason speculation industrial complex.

  2. Tye Says:

    As I was reminded yesterday…..
    Anthony Richardson is highly likely this year Malik Willis…
    Last year Malik was all the talk right on into the Draft as IF he would be the surprise of the draft… Willis drafted in the 3rd round…

    AR could very well be facing the same fate… Over hyped!

  3. SB Says:

    Dude is a bigger faster Kyler Murray or Lamar Jackson.
    I am Sure he will be a premier QB. Just not this yr IMO

  4. SB Says:

    Wanna bet Tye??

  5. Proudbucsfan Says:

    He will be a bust if drafted in top ten, he can not read a defense, has no accuracy and can not anticipate his targets

  6. Pryda sec 147 Says:


  7. Onetrickpony Says:

    Stetson surprised me yesterday.

  8. Letsbucinggo Says:

    He will probably land with the Panthers or Washington

  9. Charles Lindsey Says:

    Joe what are thoughts on Kid from Shepard College Tyson Bagent as a mid rounder

  10. Bucs Guy Says:

    Can’t pass = bust. Not accurate = bust. Teams will stack the box and dare him to read defenses and throw 15+ yard passes.

  11. steele Says:

    The hype train that will never end is the one that hungers for Jalen Hurts 2.0, Jalen Hurts 3.0, Malik Bust Willis 2.0, and of course the next Pat Mahomey etc. This draft is full of these “athletes”. Given a choice, they’d be better off rolling with Trask, who at least shows some classic quarterbacking minimum standards, and that is pretty sad.

  12. Go Bucs Go Says:

    Record Vertical Jump.
    Fastest QB this year.

    He is going to be GReat. Not.

    Go Bucs!

  13. MadMax Says:

    Darnell Washington at 19!!!

  14. MadMax Says:

    Hooker or DTR in the 3rd

  15. OHBucFan Says:

    Watch the Florida Tennessee game from 2022. AR kept it close by being a superb athlete. Hooker won it by being a QB.

  16. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Hopefully some other chump team will pick him before the Bucs can even think about it.

  17. FrontFour Says:

    With the NFL hype machine rolling there’s no way AR falls to us at 19. The kid could be great at some point but circumstances, coaching, all the stars need to line up. Let somebody else roll the dice.

  18. ABucAway Says:

    Over hyped and overpaid Quarterbacks that won’t smell the Superbowl:
    Kyler Murray
    How this guy gets paid as much as he does is beyond me. He just don’t have ‘it’. And due to the team paying him the ridiculous amount he is getting, they can’t build a team strong enough to help get him over the hump

    Next up for the award seems to be:
    Anthony Richardson
    He ain’t got it either.

  19. BucsFanSince 1996 Says:

    It would be exciting to have a player with that athletic ability he has but I couldn’t disagree with a single word you wrote @Joe.

    If I was the Bucs OC I might like to have Richardson on my roster, using him selectively, similarly as to how the Saints used Hill a bit when Drew Brees was their QB. But the Bucs are at an early point in their rebuild where they really can’t afford to even spend a 3’rd round pick on this type of player. We’ve got too many other more basic needs.

    If I was their GM the only way I would consider taking Richardson would be if I had traded down multiple times in the early rounds picking up several additional picks where I’d be more willing to invest one in a project such as this. But, if was the Bucs QB though I’d probably hate it. Every time I threw an incomplete pass some fans would be screaming for Richardson to take over.

  20. ATLBuc Says:

    He will be great for the running game Canales wants to implement. We will have packages for him like the Saints did with Tasome Hill. Can’t wait!!!! If he learns to throw it will be a bonus.

  21. K_bassuka Says:

    What a bunch of haters! Let that young man have his moment and if he gets drafted in the first round I hope he succeeds.

  22. Dooley Says:

    Whomever ARs sports agency reps are have been doing a masterful job pushing what’s good about him which is drowning out the red flags. The expectations compared to what he is as a QB, are already too high and it’s only February lol.

    @Mad Max yes, Trask vs. Hooker/DTR would be awesome this spring and summer. Throw a Mike White or a Cooper Rush or even Heinecke into that mix and we’re cooking at QB. Canales gets 3 young guys to absorb his playbook, so imo the competition would be more of skills challenge, as opposed to Trask being kept on the sideline because he’s the least tenured QB on the roster.

  23. Guzzie Says:

    He won’t make it pass 5 Seattle 6 Detroit 7 Vegas 8 Atlanta or 9 Carolina all 5 need QBs and fans to get hyped

  24. Ufcguy32 Says:

    Ya man throw some season salt and some trash on top while we’re at it lol. Sounds 👍 for a qb plan. The whole thing makes me nauseous

  25. BucBoy Says:

    Charles Lindsey Says: “Joe what are thoughts on Kid from Shepard College”

    The Trask haters assure us quarterbacks from schools that have never produced a great NFL quarterback are a no go. 😛

  26. TankforCaleb Says:

    AR at 19 lmao. Joe are you sure you’re at the combine. The consensus he will never make it to the 11th pick in the draft and actually could be the first overall. I’m not in that camp, but man how does everyone understand this except you!

  27. Hodad Says:

    He completed less then 54 percent of his passes in college, let that sink in.

  28. Fansince76 Says:

    AR-15 in the 5th round, Bucs should not even waist their 3rd rounder on em!

  29. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Bennett would be good in the 5th or 6th round if he can stay sober.

  30. tampabayallday Says:


  31. Armybucsfan Says:

    From what I’ve seen. AR-15 is a more muscular version of Jay- Miss Winston. He can’t read defenses, flashes some glimpses of greatness in his plays, but then can hit an open receiver to save his life. Then comparing him to cam newton is a disgrace onto itself. To make things worse they gave this guy the nick name AR-15 which is possibly one of the most accurate rifles on the civilian market to a QB that has accuracy issues. This almost sounds like an SNL skit.

  32. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    The next Jameis Winston??? He can have all the physical attributes in the world but a mental midget won’t make it in the NFL. There are about 12-15 humans walking the earth that have the mental capacity along with poise to be great NFL QB, and Richardson won’t be joining that club.

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    I dunno, Joe.

    Maybe the NFL will institute 40’s, broad jumps, cone drills, and vertical jumps for OTs in the future…

    So the dude could have great value.

  34. geno711 Says:

    I would bet against AR-15 in the NFL.

    NFL is more about processing speed throwing the football.

    When Justin Fields came into the league will all the hype, I suggested that he was exposed as having less than average processing speed. In his two years since that time, he has shown nothing to me to suggest that his processing speed is even up to average.

    I expect the same from AR-15. The fans and media will say that he has not been coached up enough to whatever team he goes to. But most of the time, it is just the innate ability of the quarterback to recognize things a little bit quicker than the other QB’s in the NFL.

    Can Fields or AR-15 have a year or two where they appear to be pretty decent and possibly get to 10 or 11 wins? Sure. But to consistently win against better defenses you will likely get in the playoffs, no way.

  35. Cover deuce Says:

    Josh Allen was a project too. Wouldn’t expect a group who salivated over Johnny Manziel to understand how to scout a QB though.

  36. Duane Says:

    Pretty sure that Jason Licht does not draft players based upon the amount of hype on Twitter.

  37. Marine Buc Says:

    AR-15 could barely move the ball against USF – one of the worst defenses in the NCAA last year.

    What is he going to do against NFL defenses?

    If a team wants to give up a high first round pick on this guy then let them go for it…

    The Bucs have too many other holes to fill on this roster to draft a project QB.

  38. Since76 Says:

    I think the kid could be special. Some of the things he can do is off the charts. He is a project tho. Let him wait and learn like trask. Third round no higher. We have needs for 1 and 2.

  39. mark2001 Says:

    Might as well set the team back 5 more years. Of course with the average age of most Floridians that is a lifetime. And since most Buc fans are in their 20’s and 30’s, no big deal.

  40. Voice of Truth Says:

    Looks a lot like the back up for the Ravens

    If we were gonna run a wishbone or pure zone read until we get the kid maimed

  41. D-Rok Says:

    Beyond his measurables, which are eye-popping, this guy is not an NFL QB yet.
    Can he be a serviceable QB? Who knows, but not today.

    His physical traits suggest he should be a TE or something besides a QB.

  42. SKBucsFan Says:

    With any luck he goes early to a fellow NFC South team. We need a feel good story or two early on in this draft.

  43. SKBucsFan Says:

    ….and NOT the Bucs! Just needed to clarify.

  44. Beej Says:

    There’s a video of him being interviewed/grilled by Steve Mariucci on NFLcom, kid comes off very well, you should watch it

  45. mark2001 Says:

    Beej. I didn’t say the guy couldn’t speak well or think well. I just think he is a long shot at becoming a franchise QB.

  46. Frank Pillow Says:

    Richardson has more athletic talent in his pinky than nearly anyone else on our roster. This issue isn’t whether he’s ready…Nope…It’s whether this coaching staff is even remotely capable of developing him (or any QB for that matter). He is the kind of QB that you build an entire system around vs square pegging it.

  47. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Yes I remember the JaMar us Russell hype too

  48. Mike S Says:

    Gifted athlete inaccurate thrower.

  49. Usfbuc Says:

    As long as AR is gone before we pick I will be happy. I hope there are 4 QBs gone before we pick, and a RB because that’ll push a better position player down to us.

  50. Mike S Says:

    Trask threw for 400 yards and 3 TDs and ran for a TD against a Nick Saban defense.

    Just saying.

  51. Mike S Says:

    Bucs need to draft an edge rusher at 19

    If they don’t draft Lukas Van Ness – fire everyone.

  52. TruckerBuc Says:

    UF doesn’t make NFL QBs. Prove me wrong.

  53. Beej Says:

    “mark2001 Says:
    March 5th, 2023 at 12:14 pm
    Beej. I didn’t say the guy couldn’t speak well or think well. I just think he is a long shot at becoming a franchise QB.”

    Oh I didn’t mean it that way, Steve Mariucci gave him a X’s and O’s test in the video, and he acquitted himself very well. His stock with me went up quite a bit

  54. Coburn Says:

    I’m hoping the hype means he’s taken before we have a chance to. Dudr comes across as a bust. Being an elite athlete.well qb is one of the last positiona I’m looking for that in