Johnny Manziel Won’t Start For Memphis Against Birmingham, Is ‘Absolutely’ Ready To Play

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Johnny Manziel won’t start for the Memphis Express this Sunday against the Birmingham Iron, but it does sound like he is ready to play.

Express coach Mike Singletary told Jason Munz Wendesday that Manziel wouldn’t get the starting nod in his first AAF game, but that the Texas A&M Heisman winner is “absolutely” ready to play. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Signs With The Memphis Express In The AAF)

Well, there we have it. Johnny Football will sit behind Brandon Silvers in his first AAF game, but it does sound like he might take some snaps.

As I’ve said before, this isn’t too shocking. It’s hard to learn a whole offense in a couple days. I speculated they might not throw him in immediately, but could have some packages ready for him. It looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Shows Off Arm Strength)


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Having said that, the AAF didn’t bring Johnny in so that he could sit on the bench. They brought him in so that he could play and generate massive TV ratings.

He might not start this week, but I can promise you that he’ll be in sooner than later.

The saga of Johnny Football continues and you can tune in Sunday night on the NFL Network to see how many snaps he takes. Right now, I’d say he takes under 15. Can’t wait to find out!