Johnny Manziel doesnt play in CFL season opener watches Tiger-Cats lose from the bench

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Despite Jerry Jones best efforts to draft Manziel, the Cowboys took the boring route by drafting Martin, and what a decision that ended up being. Well have to wait and see if Jones can resist the temptation to bring in Manziel as a free agent in the years to come.

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Now, Manziel waits for a real chance in a game that matters. Its not yet known when that opportunity will come, but the moments before it comes will likely be just as important as the opportunity itself. Manziel, of course, needs to prove to the Tiger-Cats and anyNFL teamsstill vaguely interested in him that he can be a dependable teammate, player, and member of a community before he gets another shot in the NFL.

Johnny Manziel doesnt play in CFL season opener, watches Tiger-Cats lose from the bench

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Nobody should be surprised that Manziel found himself on the bench. Even though he looked solid during two preseason games,he only joined the team in mid-to-late May.Masoli, on the other hand, has now played in 28 games with the Tiger-Cats dating back to the 2013 season. When Manziel arrived, Tiger-Cats coach June Jones noted thathe was not all the way caught up where Jeremiah is.

Johnny Manziel doesnt play in CFL season opener, watches Tiger-Cats lose from the bench

Well see how things go,Manziel said before the game, per the Associated Press. Any backup or anybody on our depth chart is one play, two plays away from getting in the game. Thats something Ive learned over the course of the years and take very seriously.

So,Jones kept the game-script simple for Manzielin his preseason debut, which led to a decent, but unspectacular stat line: 9 of 12 for 80 yards and 10 rushing yards. In Manziels second preseason outing,he finished 12 of 20 for 88 yards, throwing his first touchdown with his new team.

Masoil went25 of 36 for 344 yards and an interception, and rushed for a touchdown. It wasnt enough. The Tiger-Cats lost to the Stampeders, 28-14. Their next game — and Manziels next chance to see the field in a meaningful football game for the first time since the end of the 2015NFLseason — will come on Friday against the Edmonton Eskimos.

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Meanwhile, as Manziel tries to resurrect his career in Canada, theCowboyssigned guardZack Martintoa record-setting $84 million contract with $40 million in guarantees, perESPNs Adam Schefter.Those two things might not appear to be related, but theyre notable because the Cowboys had their eyes on both players during the 2014NFL Draft.

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The only reason Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner and former first-round pick of theBrowns, finds himself in the CFL is becausehe partied his way out of the NFL, looked lackluster on the field, andallegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend(the charges were dismissed after he reached a plea deal). Manziel, who opened up aboutbipolar disorder and his sobriety in February, started his comeback this spring and tried to make his way back into the NFL — he even offered to play for free — but nobody bit. So, he journeyed north of the border to Canada, where hell try to prove that hes still a talented quarterback prospect and, even more importantly, that he can shoulder the responsibilities that come with being a professional quarterback. Itll likely be a long process, and Saturday night was just the beginning of it.

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Johnny Manzielscomeback — also known as ComebackSZN — hit an obstacle that even he knew was coming. With the CFL preseason over, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats began their 2018 regular season on Saturday night with a game against the Calgary Stampeders (quick aside: why are CFL team names so much cooler than NFL team names?). Manziel, as expected all along,did not see the field during the game. Instead, he rode the bench with the incumbent, Jeremiah Masoli, earning the start.

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