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Two of Johnny Manziel's first three passes in Canadian Football League intercepted

Manziel's fourth interception came on a weak throw to the right side while he was hit deep in the pocket, with the defender easily undercutting the target to pick it off.


Reuters Last Updated at 04-08-2018 07:50:33 IST United States

Two of Johnny Manziel's first three passes in the Canadian Football League were intercepted, and things only got worse from there, as he threw four picks before halftime and was pulled in the fourth quarter.

Manziel finished his debut 11-for-20 for 104 yards and four interceptions before ceding to Vernon Adams Jr., who was benched for Manziel this week. The Montreal Alouettes trailed 38-3 at halftime en route to their fourth straight loss and 17th in their last 18 games.

Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback, is the first player to throw four interceptions in a CFL game this year, and he got there in a variety of ways.

On his second dropback, he drifted backward, stared down and threw at a receiver, only for an underneath defender to undercut the pass.

On his next dropback, Manziel engineered one of his trademark scrambles to avoid a few would-be sackers before throwing wildly downfield, and the ball glanced off his target's fingertips before being picked.

In the second quarter, Manziel threw deep down the right side but was off the mark, with the ball landing between two Alouettes receivers and in the hands of a Hamilton Tiger-Cats defender. After the defender pitched the ball to a teammate, Manziel ran the ball carrier down for a tackle on the other side of the field.

Manziel's fourth interception came on a weak throw to the right side while he was hit deep in the pocket, with the defender easily undercutting the target to pick it off.

Adams, a former starter at Oregon, was brought in early in the fourth quarter and finished out the game.

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