Johnny Manziel showed on Friday just how far away he is from being back to his "Johnny Football" form.
Not only was No. 2 in full display among most of the Alouettes gear, but, for the first time in a long time, Alouettes fans were buzzing with enthusiasm as the former Heisman Trophy victor was slated to start his first CFL game, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and his first professional football game since late 2015. Well, a lot more did go wrong, as he then managed to throw three more interceptions, all in the first half alone. Rather than fret about a broken play and an interception on a dropped pass, Manziel sprinted from across the field, bursting through two teammates to take down Rolle with a flying tackle.
Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman replaced Manziel in the fourth quarter with Vernon Adams Jr., who finished the game.
"You can let this get you down and sulk and harm you moving forward". Manziel completed 11 of 20 passes for 104 yards and the four picks against Jerry Glanville's* defense.
"This is only going to motivate me".
HOT MASOLI - The Ti-Cat pivot is second in the CFL with 1,914 passing yards, but only five of Hamilton's 12 touchdowns have come via the pass. I don't have any regrets.
Manziel sat out most of the fourth quarter since the game was already locked up.
Manziel began the season with Hamilton, but couldn't get on the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli and was traded to Montreal two ago weeks ago. I didn't feel unprepared. The whole thing smacked of a publicity stunt for a struggling team that has won just once this year, desperate to draw fans.
Manziel finished the half 9 of 16 for 90 yards in his first regular-season action with the NFL's Cleveland Browns in a 17-13 loss to Kansas City on December 27, 2015.
With Sutton wide open and with plenty of space in front of him just over the line of scrimmage, Manziel opted to go for the home run ball with a receiver in behind Rolle 30 yards downfield.