Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel made his preseason CFL debut on Friday night. New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was in attendance to be a part of his NFL comeback.
It’s no secret that former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is doing everything and anything to get back into playing in the league. Even though no team has shown any major interest in signing him this offseason, he’s taken his talents to the CFL with hopes of getting an opportunity down the road with an NFL team.
On Friday, Manziel made his CFL preseason for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Several NFL general managers and scouts were on hand, including Mike Maccagnan of the New York Jets as confirmed by Mike Rodak of ESPN.
For what it’s worth, Jets fans can rest assured that Maccagnan’s presence at Manziel’s preseason debut can be chalked up to due diligence. This isn’t going to be something that will likely lead to a future signing or anything but just to see Manziel’s start of making a comeback to the NFL.
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The Jets quarterback situation is now solidified and for a change, makes sense. They have two veteran quarterbacks that one of which will likely start the regular season for the Jets. They also have a rookie being groomed to be their future franchise quarterback.
This solid trio of Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold will make for many storylines this upcoming season. From who ultimately starts in Week 1, fans cheering Bridgewater to have a successful rehab and return to the gridiron, and of course, when the eventual NFL debut of Darnold will be.
It will likely be some time before Manziel gets an opportunity by an NFL team to bring him into the mix. Ideally, Manziel will likely need to have a full season or two in the CFL to prove his worth and well, show that he can play good football and have that be the main focus attached to his name. Manziel has a lot of work ahead of him in order to make a comeback to the NFL but for what it’s worth, it’s doubtful the Jets would entertain the thought of signing him this season since they already have a solid situation. The future? Your guess is as good as mine but for now, only Maccagnan knows what he has made of Manziel’s preseason debut for the CFL.