Rick Zamperin: Johnny Manziel set to haunt the Tiger-Cats Friday night


He was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft.

The trade reunited him with coach Mike Sherman, who recruited him to Texas A&M back in 2011. While he saw limited action in the preseason, it wasn't enough to ultimately win the starting job. The second exhibition game was played in Montreal which allowed general manager Kavis Reed to see Manziel live.

Friday's meeting will come just over two weeks after Manziel was traded to the Montreal Alouettes in a package that sent receiver Chris Williams, defensive end Jamaal Westerman and two first-round draft picks to Hamilton.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy victor played in both of Hamilton's exhibition games - completing 21 of 31 passes for 168 yards and a TD while rushing six times for 19 yards - but remained on the sidelines as Jeremiah Masoli's backup once the regular season began.

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But this does perhaps go to show the larger impacts of Manziel on the CFL; chanting for the backup quarterback is a time-honored tradition, but that takes on extra importance when it's a name like Manziel, especially considering how Montreal spent a lot to bring him in and presumably start him.

The Alouettes, 1-5, are now listed as 6.5-point underdogs against the 2-4 Tiger-Cats, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The game is slated to air at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

"I do not care what the situation is", Adams said. "We got to see that he was a tremendous athlete playing quarterback, the most important thing that I took out of it was when he was able to extend plays, he was extending plays with his eyes down the field to make a pass down the field instead of being a runner", Reed said.

"But that's fine, in the future, I'll treat the fans as they treated me, that's all". Adams was 15-of-28 passing for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.