Johnny Manziel has disastrous CFL debut, including a nightmarish first half

06 August, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel kneels on the sidelines after being benched in the fourth quarter on Friday night

Johnny Manziel threw an interception - and made a tackle - on his second play in the Canadian Football League.

But as used to the spotlight as the 2012 Heisman Trophy victor is, he isn't piling pressure on himself. Sure", Manziel said. "But I didn't lack any confidence coming into the game.

Less than four minutes in, what was technically his second pass of the game was intercepted by Larry Dean, who played in 61 National Football League games from 2011-14 before joining the Tiger Cats in 2016. It went just about as bad as it could possibly go.

"I didn't feel uncomfortable", he said. On his first pick, he seemed to throw it directly to Hamilton defender Larry Dean. The first was on that Sutton tip, but the second was on a third-down gamble and Manziel clearly got greedy on that one.

The Ticats ended a three-game losing streak and retained second place in the East Division. "Would it have been nice to be here for three weeks and then get the start?" Masoli will have one of his favourite receivers, Luke Tasker, back after missing two games with a lower body injury.

Johnny Manziel took the field on Friday night for his CFL debut. "He didn't have a lot of opportunities running around because we didn't protect very well".

The Alouettes have missed the playoffs two straight years and have been a shadow of the club that dominated the East through the 2000s when CFL all-time passing leader Anthony Calvillo was behind centre.

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His wife, Bre Tiesi, was in Montreal for the game.

While it's clear that Manziel's arrival to a beleaguered Alouettes team is a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has struggled. Some fans chanted for Manziel, but coach Mike Sherman resisted the urge to send in a player who had not even had two complete practices with his new team.

"It was just a bad day", Manziel said.

Manziel, who signed with Hamilton earlier this season, was traded to Montreal on July 22.

Manziel finished the night 11-for-20 for 104 yards and those four picks.

"This game humbles you", Manziel said.

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