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Here's How Johnny Manziel Played In Tonight's Spring League Game

Johnny Manziel in his Texas A&M helmet

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies waits on the field before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel's football comeback hit a milestone today. The former Heisman winner played in his first professional game since December 2015. This time, he wasn't in Cleveland Browns garb, but the black and orange of The Spring League's south team. It was an up-and-down performance for Manziel.

Things started quite well. Manziel took the field in the first half, and was statistically perfect on his first drive. The former Texas A&M star completed all six of his passes, leading the team to a touchdown. That score was classic Johnny Football.

With the pocket breaking down, Manziel rolled right. At the last moment, he found a receiver in the corner of the end zone with a well-placed pass.

That ability to extend plays is part of what made Manziel such an electrifying college star. The rest of the game did not go as well.

Manziel struggled with the opposing pass rush. He was sacked three times in the game, including one fumble.

Ultimately, Johnny Manziel's team lost the game 11-7.

He finished 7-for-11 for 65 yards and the score. After the game, he wasn't happy that he was unable to win the game with the ball late in the fourth quarter. From the Houston Chronicle:

"It was good to be on the field," Manziel said after the game. "I'm frustrated right now. First quarter was short being in there, but nevertheless...on the field with two minutes left to win the game...I'm pissed right now. Trying to shake it off a little bit--it's our first game. We shot ourselves with mistakes. We practiced a lot of stuff this week, but it's a showcase game, it's a quick two-game, two-week spring league...so as frustrated as I am right now I made it through the two quarters I played in and I'm healthy and had fun. Just a sour, sour taste."

Manziel's a competitor, so it isn't surprising that he is upset by the loss. Ultimately, the goal here was to put himself on display for NFL teams, and he did that.

He will play in one more game in The Spring League later this month. After that, Manziel will attempt to latch on with an NFL franchise, though he could also choose to head up to Canada.