Alouettes starting Vernon Adams at QB, not Johnny Manziel against Eskimos

The Montreal Alouettes have settled on a starting quarterback for Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos – it’s not Johnny Manziel.

Montreal Gazette beat reporter Herb Zurkowsky reports Vernon Adams will get the starting nod.

After trade attempts fell through, Adams was released by the Ticats on June 21 which made him a free agent and he chose to sign with Montreal over other suitors such as the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The five-foot-11, 200-pound pivot served as the backup to then-Als starter Darian Durant for the first part of the 2017 season, rushing for nine yards on eight carries while scoring a touchdown. The Alouettes traded a 2017 first-round CFL Draft pick for Adams from the B.C. Lions in May 2016, which turned into the third overall selection and receiver Danny Vandervoort. Adams started three games that season, going 3-0 while completing 42-of-75 passes for 575 yards and four touchdowns.

The 25-year-old spent was acquired in February by Hamilton when the Ticats obtained defensive end Charleston Hughes from the Calgary Stampeders and flipped him to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Adams. Saskatchewan brought Adams to Regina from the Montreal Alouettes last August in exchange for Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell and two third-round draft selections.

Manziel’s starting debut will have to wait a week.

“It’s the expectation that Johnny is going to dress this game. The coaches are well aware that we traded for him to play, we don’t know how much, but it’s the expectation that he’s playing very soon,” general manager Kavis Reed said.

“I would say the chances of him starting are better next week. We play on Thursday of this week so I would say the chances are better that he may be the starter next week.”

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