Johnny Manziel's AAF debut might come sooner than expected

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn’t need much time to get acclimated to his new surroundings. Despite joining the Memphis Express of the AAF on Saturday, Manziel could make his debut with the team as early as Sunday, according to Commercial Appeal.

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Manziel’s new general manager, Will Lewis, didn’t rule out the possibility in an interview with Commercial Appeal.

“Going back to what he ran at Texas A&M and comparing that to the concepts we run here, there’s a good amount of familiarity, which leads you to believe you can put together a package or two for him where he’d be comfortable.

That’s not a guarantee Manziel will receive playing time during Sunday’s game. But it also leaves open the possibility he might be used in certain packages.

Lewis made sure to mention the team didn’t want to throw Manziel on the field too quickly, however, noting that seeing the field too early may have contributed to Manziel’s initial struggles in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

It helps that the Express are 1-5 on the season and desperately in need of help at quarterback. The team has already cycled through former NFL draftees like Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger.

Take a look at Manziel's time in the CFL: 

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MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 08: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks for a pass target during the Calgary Stampeders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on October 8, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HAMILTON, ON - NOVEMBER 3: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes warms up prior to action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a CFL game at Tim Hortons Field on November 3, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Alouettes defeated the Tiger-Cats 30-28. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 30: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) hands the ball off to Montreal Alouettes Running back William Stanback (31) during the Saskatchewan Roughriders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on September 30, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 30: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a good play during the Saskatchewan Roughriders versus the Montreal Alouettes game on September 30, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
REGINA, SK - JULY 05: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the field during pregame warmup before the game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium on July 5, 2018 in Regina, Canada. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - JUNE 16: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats stands on the sidelines during a CFL game against the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Look on Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stretches at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JULY 26: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws the ball at warm-up before the Edmonton Eskimos versus the Montreal Alouettes game on July 26, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes looks to play the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes throws the ball against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes tackles defensive back Mike Daly #35 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs with the ball during the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Montreal Alouettes game on August 3, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes takes to the field against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 50-11. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes the ball during the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Montreal Alouettes game on August 3, 2018, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 03: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Montreal Alouettes and head coach Mike Sherman look on from the sidelines against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL game at Percival Molson Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes 50-11. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The 26-year-old Manziel is still trying to show off his skills after he was released by the Browns following the 2015 season. He spent time in the CFL before he was released in February.

Shorty after, Manziel joined the AAF, and was claimed on waivers by the Express after the San Antonio Commanders waived his rights.

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