Johnny Manziel has not played a regular season snap in the CFL, but NFL teams are watching closely.
“I’ve had probably half the league reach out to me and go, ‘man that’s exactly where he needs to be right now, around teammates, around June, continuing to learn ball, get better, be back in the game,'” Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt said on Barstool Sports Comeback SZN podcast.
“Whether it’s GMs or head coaches or offensive coordinators all around the NFL, I’ve literally probably had half the NFL reach out and say ‘look we’re still watching him, he’s right where he needs to be, tell him to keep his head down, keep working, keep learning and he’ll be right back where he should be here soon enough’. That’s been really encouraging.”
Manziel played in two pre-season games completing 21-of-31 passes for 168 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and rushed six times for 29 yards, which earned the 25-year-old the backup job. But he has yet to see action in games that count due in large part to how well current Ticats starter Jeremiah Masoli is playing, despite chomping at the bit to play.
“It’s definitely hard as anybody would want to play. We’ll get a chance to make it shake eventually and get a chance to play,” Manziel said.
“Whenever it happens, I’ll be ready to go for sure.”