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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Johnny Manziel continues to ride the pine in Canada

Johnny Manziel

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats suffered a 31-20 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 6, and for the sixth consecutive week, quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t take a single snap.

Part of the reason Manziel has struggled to reach the field has been the play of fellow quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who had tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard games. However, in the Week 6 loss coming off the bye, he managed just 184 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Despite Masoli’s sudden struggles, Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones was quick to shut down any speculation on a potential quarterback change, saying that, at least for now, Manziel will remain on the bench.

For his part, Manziel continues to fill the role of a good teammate despite his obvious frustrations with not playing.

“I’m definitely not satisfied with it, but it’s the role that I need to be in as far as being a good teammate and the No. 2 quarterback,” Manziel told the Regina Leader-Post prior to the Week 6 loss. “All I can do is be the best in whatever role that I’m in now. If that changes, then I have to be ready to be the guy.”

The 2-3 Tiger-Cats will take on the 3-2 Ottawa Redblacks in Week 7.

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