Big turnout for Johnny Manziel’s first Ticats practice

It hasn’t taken long to see Johnny Manziel’s impact with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Roughly 200 fans took in the opening day of the CFL team’s training camp at Ron Joyce Stadium, which also happened to be Manziel’s first practice with the Ticats after signing with the club Saturday.

That’s about double the normal fan turnout.

And although the Ticats sold roughly two dozen Manziel jerseys after his signing, the only one evident Sunday was a fan wearing a Cleveland Browns uniform featuring Manziel’s No. 2 along with a Buffalo Bills cap.

Manziel is attending his first pro training camp since being released by Cleveland in March 2016 after posting a 2-6 record over two tumultuous campaigns.

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Browns ’14 first-round pick, is one of six quarterbacks at Hamilton’s camp.

The others include starter Jeremiah Masoli, CFL veterans Vernon Adams Jr., and Bryant Moniz along with youngsters Dane Evans and Chris Merchant of the Vanier Cup-champion Western Mustangs.

This marks Merchant’s second CFL training camp. He spent 2017 with his hometown Calgary Stampeders.

– CP

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