Sports Manziel to lead Alouettes versus Redblacks

17:52  08 august  2018
17:52  08 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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  Report: Manziel will play vs. Eskimos, won't start The football world will see a glimpse of Johnny Manziel in action for the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday, as a source told Chris O'Leary of CFL.ca the club will use the quarterback in specific packages. Vernon Adams Jr. will get the start against the Edmonton Eskimos, but Manziel will see limited action just days after arriving in Montreal via trade from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Manziel didn't see any regular-season snaps in five games with Hamilton after spending time on the sidelines behind starter Jeremiah Masoli, but the Alouettes' offensive struggles will open the door for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

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The good news for Johnny Manziel and the Montreal Alouettes is, theoretically speaking, there's nowhere to go but up.

Manziel's first CFL regular-season appearance last week was one to forget. The former Heisman Trophy winner was 11-of-20 passing for 104 yards and four interceptions in Montreal's lopsided 50-11 loss to the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

That Manziel struggled should come as no surprise. Montreal acquired Manziel from Hamilton on July 22 in a deal involving five players and two draft picks.

The Alouettes lost 44-23 to Edmonton four days later, a game that Manziel dressed for but never played in. And then after four practices, he made his first CFL start against a team that was familiar with him.

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And it showed as Hamilton led 28-0 in the first quarter and 38-3 at the half. Overall, Montreal committed seven turnovers (two fumbles, once on downs) and 176 of its 283 total yards offensively came on the ground.

With another week in Montreal's offence, Manziel should be much more prepared to face the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday night than he was the Ticats. Despite the one-sided outcome, the six-foot, 210-pound Manziel did show flashes of brilliance and certainly an ability to use his legs to extend plays and buy his receivers time downfield.

Trouble is, the game got out of hand quickly and Montreal simply didn't have the offensive firepower to keep up. There are several reasons why the Alouettes (1-6) own the CFL's worst record. They are last overall in scoring (14.3 points per game), net offensive yards (252.9), offensive touchdowns (nine), sacks allowed (25) and points scored off turnovers (three).

Manziel to get the start versus Tiger-Cats

  Manziel to get the start versus Tiger-Cats Johnny Manziel will make his CFL debut against his former team .The Alouettes made the announcement Tuesday that Manziel will be their starter Friday night when they host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.Hamilton dealt Manziel to Montreal on July 22, along with offensive linemen Tony Washington and Canadian Landon Rice, for receiver Chris Williams, Canadian defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman and 2021-22 first-round draft picks.Manziel made headlines across North America in May when he signed a two-year deal with Hamilton.

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Alouettes coach Mike Sherman said Manziel made a "drastic" improvement from his last game. Redblacks rookie Lewis Ward broke Luca Congi's CFL record for most consecutive field goals made by a first-year player after He made a 33-yarder earlier in the quarter to cut Montreal's lead to 17-14.

Montreal will face an ornery Ottawa squad. The Redblacks (4-3) held a commanding 38-14 second-half lead last week in Toronto before the Argonauts rallied for the stunning 42-41 victory at BMO Field.

Toronto was especially impressive in the fourth quarter, outscoring Ottawa 22-3. McLeod Bethel-Thompson's 23-yard TD strike to Armanti Edwards with one second remaining provided the Argos with their winning margin and capped a remarkable comeback by the defending Grey Cup champions.

Bethel-Thompson finished 25-of-37 passing for 302 yards with four TDs and an interception in his first CFL start. He was particularly sharp in the second half, completing 18-of-25 passes for 233 yards and the four touchdown tosses.

Ottawa was dominant in the first half, recording four turnovers to surge into a seemingly safe 28-7 advantage. Quarterback Trevor Harris completed his first 11 passes en route to finishing the half 18-of-21 passing for 245 yards.

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By comparison, Bethel-Thompson completed 7-of-12 passes for just 69 yards in the first half.

The Redblacks learned a valuable lesson regarding the importance of keeping an opponent down and being able to put the rival away. It's hard to imagine this happening twice to a team that's first in the East right now.

Prediction: Ottawa.

Edmonton Eskimos versus B.C. Lions (Thursday night)

At Vancouver, Mike Reilly's one-yard TD run with 2:43 remaining lifted Edmonton (5-2) to a 26-19 win over Saskatchewan. The Eskimos have won three straight and head to B.C. sporting a 3-0 record within the West Division. The Lions (2-4) have lost two straight overall. Travis Lulay was 25-of-39 passing for 281 yards with a TD and interception in last week's 27-18 loss to unbeaten Calgary (7-0).

Prediction: Edmonton.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday night)

At Winnipeg, the Bombers (4-3) come off the bye leading the CFL in scoring (34.1 points per game), offensive TDs (24), rushing (161.6 yards) and fewest sacks allowed (seven). Their defence has a league-best 11 interceptions. Hamilton (3-4) halted a three-game losing streak with its one-sided victory over Montreal and did earn a 31-17 home win over the Bombers on June 29. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 300 yards with two TDs and two interceptions versus the Alouettes.

Prediction: Winnipeg.

Last week: 3-1

Overall: 21-10.

Manziel not at Alouettes practice .
MONTREAL - Quarterback Johnny Manziel was not at the Montreal Alouettes' practice on Tuesday after missing a week while on concussion protocol. A team spokesman would not confirm that he remains under concussion protocol. The team has only two practices this week so it appears unlikely that Manziel will play Friday night against the visiting Toronto Argonauts. Antonio Pipkin made his first CFL start and looked promising in a 40-24 loss in Edmonton on Saturday. Pipkin is expected to start again versus Toronto.Manziel started the previous two games for Montreal (1-8), looking sharper in the second outing.

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