Johnny Manziel to Start for Alouettes in CFL Game vs. Tiger-Cats

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2018

HAMILTON, ON - JULY 19:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats warms up prior to action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field on July 19, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario,Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Johnny Manziel's much-anticipated CFL debut will come Friday when he starts at quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Manziel will start against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 

The Tiger-Cats signed Manziel in May but traded him to Montreal on July 22, as he was stuck behind Jeremiah Masoli on the depth chart. 

"This is a move both (Alouettes GM) Kavis Reed and I felt we needed to make at this time," Montreal head coach Mike Sherman said about the deal. "Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team."

Manziel redshirted at Texas A&M during the 2011 season, Sherman's final year as head coach of the Aggies. 

The Alouettes are 1-5 through six games and tied with the Toronto Argonauts for the CFL's worst record. Their 92 points scored are the league's fewest.

Related

    Willie Jefferson happy to switch sides in Blue Bombers-Roughriders rivalry

    CFL logo
    CFL

    Willie Jefferson happy to switch sides in Blue Bombers-Roughriders rivalry

    CBC
    via CBC

    Leadership Role: Harris taking on new responsibility with REDBLACKS

    CFL logo
    CFL

    Leadership Role: Harris taking on new responsibility with REDBLACKS

    CFL.ca Staff
    via CFL.ca

    Where to Watch: 2019 CFL pre-season broadcast schedule

    CFL logo
    CFL

    Where to Watch: 2019 CFL pre-season broadcast schedule

    CFL.ca Staff
    via CFL.ca

    First Look: New Era launches CFL team uniforms

    CFL logo
    CFL

    First Look: New Era launches CFL team uniforms

    CFL.ca Staff
    via CFL.ca