Johnny Manziel on first CFL start: ‘I feel very blessed to be in this position’

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Johnny Manziel (Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel is excited to be a starter again.

The 25-year-old quarterback originally signed a two-year contract with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in mid-May. Manziel, however, did not appear in a regular season game with Hamilton and he was traded to the Montreal Alouettes earlier this month.

Manziel did not play in his first game in a Montreal uniform. But, Alouettes coach Mike Sherman recently announced that Manziel will make his first CFL start Friday against his former team.

“I feel very blessed to be in this position, to be back in a situation where I’m starting again,” Manziel told reporters Tuesday (via ESPN). “It’s good. It’s a quick turnaround. But at the same time, I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft, but his career was derailed by off-field issues. He appeared in 15 games over two seasons, registering eight total touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The Alouettes are in last place in the CFL’s East Division with a 1-5 record.