Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions in CFL debut

Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions in CFL debut

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. The current Montreal Alouettes quarterback was facing his former team, Hamilton, and threw four interceptions in the first half.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's final stat line read: 11-for-20, 104 yards passing, four yards rushing, zero touchdowns, four interceptions.

In Johnny Manziel's first career National Football League start, he went 10-for-18 for 80 yards and two interceptions as the Browns lost to the Bengals 30-0 on December 14, 2014.

"I didn't feel uncomfortable", he said.

"This game is humbling", Manziel said.

His first interception came on Montreal's second offensive play, a ball thrown into coverage in the middle of the field.

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But after his CFL debut with the Montreal Alouettes Friday evening, it seems Manziel can not catch a break.

"Would it have been nice to be here for two or three weeks and then get your first start?"

The Alouettes are 1-6 and have won just once in 18 games going back a year. I let some things get away from me, and it's unfortunate. The Tiger-Cats scored 31 points off of Montreal's first-half turnovers, resulting in a 38-3 halftime lead. A few years ago, Montreal's former general manager Jim Popp, who held the rights to another college sensation - Tim Tebow - told me Tebow's skills were ideal for the CFL because one less down makes a versatile quarterback more unsafe.

"The mistakes he made, he'll learn from", said Sherman, who plans to stick with Manziel as his starter. But for a few lost moments on Friday night he was Johnny Football again. I don't think one game, good, bad, indifferent, or anything makes your career. The first was on that Sutton tip, but the second was on a third-down gamble and Manziel clearly got greedy on that one.

To his credit, Manziel owned up to the poor performance and promised to be better.

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