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Johnny Manziel Will Have To Unseat Another Former SEC QB To Actually Play In The CFL

Johnny Manziel on the bench for Texas A&M.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - AUGUST 31: Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies waits on the bench during the first quarter of the game against the Rice Owls at Kyle Field on August 31, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel will be facing some stiff competition if he wants to actually start for his new football team. Saturday, Manziel, a former NFL first round pick, announced he'd be heading up north to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and play in the CFL. Most think it's a good move - but obviously, he's going to need to get on the field if he wants to impress NFL scouts once again.

How does he get on the field? He's going to have to beat out former Oregon and Ole Miss signal-caller Jeremiah Masoli, who started the majority of the team's games a year ago.

Masoli started two years at Oregon and one year at Ole Miss. June Jones, the team's coach, told the National Post that the starting job won't just be handed to Manziel.

“Let me tell you something right now, he’s got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah,” Jones said of Manziel.

“He’s got a lot to catch up on, but he’ll spend the time to get that done. I know he will because he’s already learned that lesson.”

One would think that if the quarterback competition is close, Manziel will get the nod. From a marketing standpoint, he's a far more attractive option. He'll likely sell more jerseys than any player in CFL history before it's all said and done.

The CFL season starts in mid-June, so Manziel doesn't have a ton of time to get prepared. It'll be interesting to see whether he's up to speed by the time the 2018 campaign kicks off - and whether his coach gives him the job after such a short time learning their system.