Bryant Moniz will get the start in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the team’s pre-season finale in Montreal on Saturday.
June Jones said Moniz, who did not play in the team’s first pre-season game against Toronto, will get the nod because he is the only quarterback without game reps in the pre-season.
“He didn’t play last week so I told him we were going to start him this week,” Jones said. “He’s 20 reps shorter than the rest of the guys.”
Back up Johnny Manziel – and Jones confirmed he’s still the No. 2 – will also play as Jones gives No. 1 pivot Jeremiah Masoli the game off. The Heisman Trophy winner sprinkled in first-team offensive reps at practice, but worked mostly with the second group, the players he’ll take the field alongside against the Alouettes. It seems Damarr Aultman is the receiver he’s favoured based on rapport through training camp.
“You can’t come up here and expect to have seen every coverage so it’s going to take awhile. There are going to be some things in this game that are different from what Toronto ran,” Manziel said. “The improvement I’m trying to make this week is, I felt like I got a little antsy in the pocket a couple of times, just trusting the protection and the guys we have in there.”
Manziel has been anointed the backup quarterback and he was the second quarterback into the Ticats exhibition opener last Friday night in Hamilton. The 25-year-old went 9-of-11 for 80 yards – there was a string of five straight completions – and carried the ball two times for 10 yards in roughly a quarter of play against the Toronto Argonauts.
The team is also in talks to trade quarterback Vernon Adams, who had been battling Manziel for the backup job, to Edmonton or Montreal.