Johnny Manziel ‘chomping at the bit’ to play, but supports Ticats starter Masoli

Johnny Manziel has held the clipboard for two games and clearly wants to see CFL regular season action.

“I’m eager to play, I’m chomping at the bit for sure. I feel like whenever I’m needed, whenever I need to be in there, I’ll be ready to go, that’s my plan,” Manziel said after Hamilton beat Edmonton 38-21 at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night.

“I’m working every day to get back in the building and just continue to try and put myself in a position to play, it’s always frustrating, but I have a job and an obligation to each and every person on this team to be the two and be the role that I’m asked to be in.”

Ticats starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli had an impressive performance completing 65 per cent of his passes for 332 yards – Masoli has seven straight 300-yard passing efforts dating back to 2017 –  and three touchdowns while adding 59 yards with his legs. When asked Manziel agreed about Masoli resembling a similar playing style to the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

“Hundred percent. He made three or four plays that usually a normal quarterback is not going to make. Jeremiah did a great job of not only making the plays when they weren’t there but just controlling the game and running the offence the way that we’re supposed to. I’ve always been a Masoli guy from the time he was at Oregon,” Manziel said.

The 25-year-old was on the winning side of a professional football game for the first time since December 2015, Manziel threw for 270 yards and one touchdown in a 24-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

“So this is a long time coming for me to be part of a team getting a good team win, whether I’m playing, whether I’m sitting, whatever the case is. There is improvement all around from our team,” Manziel said.

Manziel believes he bonded with Masoli during the Alberta trip where the team stayed in the province between games on Calgary and Edmonton.

“Soli has been nothing but a class act and true professional. He’s been here for six years and these guys have a caring and understanding of what he brings to the table for us – he’s one of our team captains,” Manziel said.

“I appreciate what we have in the quarterback room. I’m hopefully trying to get to a point where these guys get comfortable with me. Our quarterback room is what makes us special.”

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