Johnny Manziel’s CFL debut with Hamilton Tiger-Cats a positive step in football comeback
For the first time in 887 days, Johnny Manziel played pro football, and it got a little chirpy.
Manziel made his Canadian Football League debut for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night in a 36-18 loss against the Toronto Argonauts. It was a mostly positive performance for Manziel, even as he had to fend off some trash talk from some of his opponents.
It was just part of it,Manziel said after the game. I was trying to help a guy up out of the pile. He wants to say some foul stuff. Listen, I’m not here to be pushed over. You can come at me because my name is in the paper or because my name is on TV. You can come at me. I’m not backing down. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to play ball and I’m not going to be treated like (expletive). So, it is what it is. It’s football. People talk a little bit out there. But just know that I’m not backing down from anybody.
Though the drive ended with a turnover on downs, the series spanned 12 plays and 62 yards, draining 7:27 off the clock.
Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then backpedaled in pure joy. Curry fell into the first row of fans with a baseline 3 again over Love and four-point play at the 5:44 mark of the fourth.
James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor. Curry squatted low to admire his shot as it went in at one point and galloped back in joy after he hit two deep 3s late in the first half.
He’s gonna do everything he can to learn the playbook, McSorley began. He wants to learn every little detail, he wants to know how the line’s gonna block, he wants to know where the receivers are gonna be coming from to make their block, who are they gonna be blocking? In pass protection, he wants to be able to think exactly like Eli’s gonna be thinking, so he can be able to react quickly, understand why maybe Eli’s making a protection adjustment or why he’s making a Mike (linebacker) this guy or the other guy.