Johnny Update: Manziel to play Friday in Ticats pre-season opener

Johnny Manziel will be the second quarterback in the game when Hamilton plays their first pre-season game on Friday against the Toronto Argonauts at Tim Hortons Field.

“Johnny will take second reps,” head coach June Jones said after practice on Monday.

Jeremiah Masoli will get the start for the Ticats. Ideally, Jones wants Masoli to lead the offence down the field on the first drive for a touchdown and then take him out of the game. Making the way for Manziel to enter. The game will be televised live on TSN at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Manziel continued to take second-team reps Monday and threw an impressive 45-yard touchdown pass down the right seam at Ron Joyce Stadium. That was his style right there Jones stated about the TD strike. Jones wants to keep getting Manziel more reps so he can know exactly where everybody is going.

“He’s not all the way caught up where Jeremiah [Masoli] is so I’m going to have him do things that he knows and does,” Jones said. “I’ll get a list from him of the things he feels comfortable with and those will be the things he does.”

Jones had a progression plan laid out for Manziel at the start of training camp and he’s happy with where the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is at with regards to the program and timeline.

“He’s starting to ask the right questions and he’s seeing the right things,” Jones said. “He’s getting a lot of reps both out here and in the virtual reality part of it. He’s staying plugged in.”

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