Johnny Manziel's start to life in the CFL is seemingly getting better and better by the day.
The former Browns QB, who's been out of football for two years since his release due to a flurry of personal issues, has taken some time to adjust but he's beginning to look like the old 'Johnny Football' again.
After not starting his first preseason game for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Manziel saw significant game time in Saturday's matchup with the Montreal Alouettes.
That included his first touchdown pass as a Tiger Cat, and a number of eye catching plays that gave head coach June Jones reason to praise his new QB.
Manziel went 12-for-20 with 88 passing yards, and a TD in a 30-15 win.
Here's the former first round pick's first TD pass in Canada!
“I gave him a little bit more out there,” Jones said of Manziel. “He’s still a little bit rusty but he’s a competitor. He knows what’s going on. He’s seeing what’s going on.”
Despite his stellar play this weekend, it appears that Jones will still roll with former Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli as the starter when the TiCats begin their regular season campaign next week.
And Manziel doesn't seem too perturbed by that, readily admitting that he still has a lot to learn about the game, especially some of the rules that have clearly confused him a fair bit in his two games thus far!
“Getting there,” Manziel said via CFL.ca. “By no means is it perfect or close to perfect, but there are some flashes, things I know and feel comfortable with, things I know and should hit on the field.”
The rules, which do differ vastly in some areas from the NFL, are proving to be a bit of a stumbling block for the former Heisman Trophy winner though.
“I’m still learning some of the different rules like how a major foul is a loss of a down and 15 yards, that’s just crazy to me,” he said. “It’s nuts. I’m still learning things but we’re getting there.”
Manziel certainly looks to be regaining some of the form that saw him picked inside the first round by the Browns back in 2014, and should attract some attention from South of the border soon if he continues to progress and prove he can stay out of trouble off the field.
For now though, it'll all be about showing he's worthy of usurping Masoli as the starter sooner rather than later.
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