Johnny Manziel Has ‘Disappointing’ Spring League Debut As NFL Comeback Continues

Johnny Manziel’s NFL comeback took another step Saturday when the 2014 first-round draft pick played in the Spring League to try and showcase his skills for teams that might be interested in his services.

The Spring League consists of four teams that play two games during a five-day period, and Manziel’s debut was, by his own admission, a little “disappointing.” 

Manziel did throw a touchdown Saturday, but he also was sacked three times and went 9-for-15 for 82 yards and a score.

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The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t taken an NFL snap since 2015. At least 13 NFL teams watched Manziel throw at two pro days last month. While he’s having fun playing football again, he knows that his showing Saturday wasn’t his best.

“It’s disappointing, some of the things that happened,” Manziel said, via ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert. “But nevertheless, it’s a huge step for me. I put pads back on. A lot of people wrote me off just to even get to this point. I’m definitely emotional about it. I’m definitely happy about it. This isn’t the end goal for me, but I’m having fun again. I have a smile on my face.”

Manziel has said that he is open to playing in the CFL if no NFL teams show interest in signing him for training camp. It seems unlikely that he gets an NFL chance initially, but if he continues to show he has matured and is focused on football, then he eventually should get another chance.

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