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Tiger-Cats’ Johnny Manziel Puts Up Solid Performance In CFL Debut

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Hamilton Tiger-Cat’s backup quarterback Johnny Manziel had an impressive debut for the CFL on Friday, in a losing effort to the Toronto Argonauts.

Johnny Manziel was 9-of-12 passing for 80 yards, and rushed twice for 10 yards, looking poised and polished in the pocket as he made his long-awaited, but highly anticipated debut.

“I felt like I was able to get in there and handle the situation well, get some completions and get the guys some balls,” Manziel said, according to TSN. “I really wasn’t nervous going into it, I was just kind of going out and letting the ball rip.

“Right now we’re still in pre-season so we’ll get a little bit more tailor-made for the team and defense and what they do and scheme against them. I think that’ll help us moving forward.”

Manziel took the opportunity, speaking with the media, to air his complaining about a 22-yard intentional ground penalty.

“That’s the worst call of the century,” Manziel said. “My whole life I’ve been taught to throw it right at the stick that’s marking the down.

“I thought I got it there, he (official) told me I was about a yard short. That’s the first time I’ve heard of that, that’s new to me.”

CFL rules will take some getting used to, as Manziel was jogging to the locker-room at halftime despite one final play needing to be run.

“I’m still learning some things up here,” Manziel said. “There’s going to be some of those growing pains.”

“Obviously you can’t turn the ball over like that and ever have a chance to win a game,” Hamilton coach June Jones said. “But he (Manziel) did some good things.

“He’s got a good game presence about him. He knew what was going on . . . he wasn’t rattled, he wasn’t flustered. Obviously he scrambled around and made a couple of plays. I think he’s going to get better and better every time he plays.”

Argos players sure tried to get under Manziel’s skin, but Manziel isn’t going to back down. Manziel has been a polarizing athlete, and given the boom of web3, he may be the latest to get in on the gaming crypto scene, or dive a bit further with content creator crypto coins, which is very forward thinking. But, for now, he is focusing solely on success in the CFL.

“Listen, I’m not here to be pushed over,” Manziel said. “You can come at me because my name is in the papers, because my name is on TV . . . but I’m not backing down from anybody.

“We’re playing Toronto, obviously there’s a long-standing rivalry here. They’re Grey Cup champs, they jumped on us early. They had every right to talk . . . but this isn’t the last time I’ll be sitting here after a game against them so we’ll welcome them with open arms once the season comes.”

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Blue Bombers Sign Zach Collaros to Contract Extension

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 season, which will prevent him from hitting free agency in February, according to an official team announcement on Tiuesday.

Collaros, 34, has been vital to the Bombers success, and has been a part of back-to-back Grey Cups with the team, and who was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last season.

Collaros landed in Winnipeg during the 2019, when the Bombers acquired him via trade with the Toronto Argonauts.

Collaros has thrown for a career-high 4,115 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.

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Elks Announces Taylor Cornelius Hospitalized with Spleen Injury

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The Edmonton Elks have officially announced that quarterback Taylor Cornelius suffered a spleen injury during Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts and was hospitalized that evening, according to TSN.

The Elks announced on Twitter that Cornelius will miss their final game of the season when they take on the BC Lions. With Cornelius out, the Elks will turn to Tre Ford to take over the starting signal caller duties.

Additionally, Cornelius, 27, is still in hospital for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Edmonton has a league-worst 4-12 record, with no home wins this season.

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Elks Sign Scott Hutter to Two-Year Contract Extension

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The Edmonton Elks have officially signed defensive back Scott Hunter to a two year contract extension that was officially announced last Friday, and will keep Hutter with the team through the 2024 season.

Edmonton selected Hutter in the sixth round of the 2019 CFL draft out of Wilfrid Laurie.

Hutter has started 12 games this season, collecting 53 tackles, nine special-teams tackles and a forced fumble.

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