Johnny Manziel To Make First CFL Start Friday Against His Former Team (VIDEO)
Johnny Manziel is finally getting his first start in the Canadian Football League.
Manziel signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back in May and looked pretty solid during the CFL preseason. However, he made just two appearances off the bench for the Tiger-Cats over their first five games, and on July 22 Johnny Football was traded to the Montreal Alouettes for a package that included two first-round draft picks.
On Tuesday Alouettes coach Mike Sherman told reporters that Manziel would make his first CFL start this Friday against the Tiger-Cats. It will mark his most significant football outing since he was released by the Cleveland Browns following the 2015 NFL season.
“It’s good to be back in here,” Manziel told reporters. “I felt like the thing I’ve been missing, even over the course of this year and a couple years, is reps. And as you guys have seen the last couple days, a chance to get with the ones and get some reps is what I feel like I really need and what I’ve talked to a lot of people about. So I feel very blessed to be in this position, to be back in a situation where I’m starting again. It’s good. It’s a quick turnaround. But at the same time, I’m excited for the opportunity.”
When asked how comfortable he feels with the Montreal offense, Manziel said he’s “getting there.”
“I think there’s some good things; there’s some good flashes,” he said. “Football’s a game of inches and little things and little mishaps that can make a play go awry. So we’re just trying to clean up the little detail things that I think we’re missing here that we’ll get on top of and hopefully be able to go out and perform. But I’m still learning it as we go, and I feel fortunate enough to be going against a defense that I’ve seen more than any other defense since I’ve been in the CFL.”
The Montreal Alouettes are 1-5 on the season and have seen their QB depth decimated by injury. Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas has them as 6.5 point underdogs to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who are 2-4 on the season. But that might change now that Manziel, who knows the Tiger-Cats defense as well as anybody in the CFL, is the designated starter.
You can watch Manziel’s entire press conference below. It certainly sounds like he’s grown up a lot since his Cleveland days.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]