Manziel throws TD pass in second CFL preseason game

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw a touchdown pass in his second preseason game as the backup quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.Photo Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats backup quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a touchdown pass in his second CFL preseason game Saturday.

Manziel, who backs up starter Jeremiah Masoli, came into the game against the Montreal Alouettes in the second quarter down 14-7.

The Tiger-Cats eventually won 30-15.

Manziel, who completed 12 of 20 passes for 88 yards with the TD, also took a late hit in the game.

“I understand I have a target on my back and I welcome it,” Manziel told TSN. “I don’t want anything but anybody’s best shot every time. If you’ve got to hit me a little bit to let me know you’re there, cool. I’m coming right back. I’m here too. It’s all fun and games. It’s competition. I’m a competitor. I go out and like to have fun with it so that gets me going. I like it. We ended up scoring on that drive, so that’s a win for us.”

The Tiger-Cats open the regular season next Saturday at Calgary. Manziel is expected to play behind Masoli.