Johnny Manziel throws 4 interceptions, gets benched in CFL debut

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Johnny Manziel took the field on Friday night for his CFL debut.

In the first regular season action of his Canadian career, Manziel threw four interceptions as his Montreal Alouettes were routed 50-11 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The second interception is one you could argue was on the receiver, but overall, it doesn't change that Manziel played poorly.

On his second series, with Montreal down 14-0 to his former Hamilton teammates, the 2012 Heisman Trophy victor handed off twice before the Tiger-Cats blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

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Manziel said he plans to use the game as motivation as he continues his CFL career. I didn't feel unprepared but who knows? "We need to man up, me included", Manziel said. They also set a team record with 28 first quarter points, passing their mark of 25 set twice previously.

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"I'm going to go out and throw the s- out of the ball, there is no doubt about that", Manziel, who was traded to Montreal on July 23, said on the Comeback SZN podcast. The Tiger-Cats signed the former Cleveland Browns first round pick with the troubled past this season after he was given clearance to play in the CFL.

"I wanted this day to go a lot better. You come up here, it's not the National Football League, it's the CFL it's different, you expect to do well, it's what I've been accustomed to from college and had some moment in the National Football League".

All four of Manziel's interceptions came in the first half as Hamilton quickly jumped out to a 38-3 lead. Manziel's longest pass of the night went for 31 yards, and he had just two rushing attempts for four yards in the contest.

Montreal is a rebuilding team and there aren't many good pieces in place for Manziel to take advantage of.

There were moments where Manziel showed off some of the ability that captivated football fans when he rose to prominence in 2012 as the Heisman Trophy victor at Texas A&M.

Despite the poor performance, Manziel was upbeat after the game and optimistic about the future. If I would've been judged after one game at Texas A&M I wouldn't be where I'm at today.

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