Johnny Watch: Manziel already No. 2 on the depth chart

No. 2 on the jersey and No. 2 on the depth chart.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones said Wednesday that quarterback Johnny Manziel has moved into the back up spot behind starter Jeremiah Masoli based on Manziel’s performance so far in training camp.

“I think based on what I’ve seen so far, Johnny is No. 2,” Jones said. He’s doing enough good things that I think he would be in there.”

Manziel is competing with Vernon Adams, who has three starts in two CFL seasons and was acquired in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the off-season, as well as Bryant Moniz and Dane Evans.

Adams practiced on Wednesday for the for the first time this week as he deals with an upper-body injury but his status for Friday’s pre-season opener against the opener remains uncertain.

“He says he’s ready to go but they said last night he was out,” Jones said of Adams. “I may just hold him out just because he hasn’t practised all week.”

Jones said he hasn’t determined how the playing time will be divided on Friday but said each quarterback would like get a set number of plays. Masoli could see his time shortened, however, if the first-team offence has some early success.

Manziel took the second team reps in practice on Wednesday, followed by Adams, Moniz, then Evans. Jones says Manziel has made tremendous progress in a short term.

“His footwork has gotten a lot better. When things break down, he’s doing what we ask: he starts to run and stays on his progression and his hits the receiver,” Jones said. “It will be a while before he’s comfortable with all the routes we’re running but he’s coming along fast.”


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