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Manziel solid in CFL debut, but Tiger-Cats lose
HAMILTON • It was a decent first showing for Johnny Football.
Johnny Manziel completed 9-of-11 passes in his first appearance with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but it was the Toronto Argonauts who cruised to the easy 36-18 victory at Tim Hortons Field in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Manziel, 25, certainly didn’t look out of place but faced a Toronto defence minus most of its starters and Hamilton was very conservative in its play-calling.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Texan, who signed with the Ticats two weeks ago, directed five drives (22 plays) and was especially effective throwing on the run.
But Hamilton, which played most of its starters, surrendered seven first-half turnovers (two interceptions, three fumbles, two on downs).
The former Heisman Trophy winner entered the game late in the first half and played much of the third quarter.
Manziel was solid on his final possession, engineering a 12-play, 62-yard drive that took 7:27 off the clock although he was flagged for a 22-yard intentional grounding penalty.
Manziel threw for 80 yards and ran twice for 10 yards.
Manziel saw his first action since being released by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns on March 11, 2016.