Johnny Manziel's first CFL pass was an interception

  • Johnny Manziel's first CFL pass was an interception

Johnny Manziel's first CFL pass was an interception

The former Cleveland Brown, playing his first real game since December 2015, showed flashes of talent, scrambling away from a persistent pass rush and throwing on the run.

"Everybody has an opinion", the 25-year-old said.

There was Johnny Manziel in Montreal on Friday night, the shadow of a sensation, dashing across a field high above the downtown lights.

Manziel had another pass intercepted on his third series, with the blame going to running back Tyrell Sutton for mishandling and deflecting the ball to defender Jumal Rolle. Midway through the second quarter, Manziel threw three interceptions and was tied for second in tackles (two).

That's Nathan Peterman territory right there. "I don't feel I need to come up here and completely light everything on fire and throw for 500 yards a game and do this and do that. I've had this experience in the past and there's two ways you go about this going forward".

With Montreal trailing 35-3, the former National Football League first-round pick was under pressure and lobbed up his fourth interception in just the first half of play. One you can let this get you down and sulk ... and harm you moving forward.

The Alouettes aren't a good team, and Manziel was in tough trying to learn a new offence with minimal practice reps, but this was a nice reminder that the CFL is better league than many people give it credit for.

Johnny Manziel, once again, will go back to the drawing board. Manziel ducked out of the way and turned a sure sack and seven-yard loss into a first down as he found an open receiver. Through the first six games of the season, the Als only have one win.

As if the lackluster performance wasn't bad enough, Manziel had to watch as Hamilton quarterback Jeremiah Masoli went 17-for-26 for 300 yards and two scores through the air to go with 36 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.

"It didn't look like anybody was ready today", Montreal coach Mike Sherman said.