Alouettes announce Manziel will make CFL debut against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Aug 04, 2018, 06:05
Alouettes announce Manziel will make CFL debut against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

It looks like Johnny Manziel's decision to take his football talent to Canada is finally about to pay off.

During exhibition play, Manziel completed 21-of-31 passes for 168 yards and a TD while rushing six times for 19 yard. Manziel will do so against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats - his former team.

Friday's meeting will come just over two weeks after Manziel was traded to the Montreal Alouettes in a package that sent receiver Chris Williams, defensive end Jamaal Westerman and two first-round draft picks to Hamilton.

"We obviously traded for John for a specific reason", said Sherman. At 1-5, the team is now tied for the worst record in the CFL. Manziel began the season with the Ticats and remained there until being dealt July 22 to the Als in a five-player deal that also included two first-round draft picks. "It was a lack of respect and it affected me", Adams said.

"I've tempered my expectations to not reach too high", Manziel said (h/t ESPN). "I think we have two very good quarterbacks but we're going to give the nod to John for this ballgame".

The 25-year-old Adams finished as the Alouettes leading rusher against the Eskimos, adding 72 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman said after the loss he believed the quarterback "played well enough to win".

The contest will be between two teams that are struggling as Hamilton (2-4) and Montreal (1-5) have each lost three straight games.

He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, the start of a very disappointing two year career in Ohio. I tried anyways to make plays on the field.

For Manziel, Friday's game against the Tiger-Cats will continue a comeback season that started less then four months ago.

"Instinctively a lot of guys would just try to be a runner and get a lot of accolades for being a running quarterback, but sooner or later you're going to have to pull the trigger as a quarterback and we felt that he showed that in the pre-season".

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