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Sunday, he attended his first CFL practice.

But he didn’t do much practicing.

Via the Associated Press, Manziel was primarily an observer on
Sunday, his first day of work with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“That’s because he doesn’t know the terminology, he doesn’t know anything,”
Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said, via the AP. “[Quarterbacks coach] Dan
[Morrison] was walking through each route as it was called. But [on Monday]
guess what? We’re going to walk in and start taking a couple.”

Manziel realizes it will be an adjustment, especially as it relates to the
options available to each receiver.

“Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at
anything,” Manziel said. “On offense, I’ve never ran this many routes that are
predicated off of one defender . . . every route has an opportunity to break
three or four different ways, which is different. . . .聽But I think it gives you
the versatility and offensive weapons to be able to attack coverages more
intensely than it would just running a fixed route. I know it’s going to take
some time . . . .”

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to speed. Then the question becomes whether he can seriously compete for the
starting job.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes were working on their power play
during practice when first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour pulled first-round draft
pick Andrei Svechnikov aside for some quick one-on-one instruction.

“Andrei,” the coach said, “be a shooter.”

The Hurricanes likely will need plenty of shots — and goals — from Svechnikov
and fellow first-round draft pick Martin Necas if they’re to finally snap the
NHL’s longest active playoff drought.

But the way Brind’Amour sees it, nobody’s asking either of those teenagers to
will the team to the Stanley Cup — like he did in 2006 as the team captain. In
fact, to even think of the pressure in this situation as being on either of
those rookies is misguided.

“I kind of view it the opposite — the pressure’s on us,” Brind’Amour said.
“We’re, ‘Man, we really hope he can play.’ It’s not on him.”

The Hurricanes seem confident that the 19-year-old Necas and the 18-year-old
Svechnikov can handle everything being thrown their way during a critically
important training camp for a franchise that has undergone a massive overhaul
during the past nine months.

“The first couple of days (of camp), everything was confusing because it was
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faster,” Svechnikov said. “But every day I feel better.”

They’ve changed owners, general managers and coaches while unloading some key
players, including their most recent face of the franchise, popular forward Jeff
Skinner. Of the top eight point-scorers from last year’s team — one that missed
the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season — three were traded away during the
offseason.

With Skinner (49 points) now in Buffalo and Elias Lindholm (44) and
defenseman Noah Hanifin (32) shipped to Calgary , the scoring has to come from
somewhere else — and the two teenagers figure to pick up at least some of that
load along with 21-year-old Sebastian Aho, who scored a team-best 29 goals last
season and has been moved to center from a wing.

It’s still the preseason, but both players got off to a good start, with each
scoring a goal in their preseason debuts this week and Svechnikov adding an
assist.

“I don’t really think about” any pressure, Necas said. “It’s important to not
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best.”

Carolina spent the No. 12 overall pick in 2017 on Necas, a native Czech who
played one game for the team last October before he was returned to his team
back home to further polish his game as a playmaking center. Brind’Amour praised
him after that successful debut, saying that “when you give him a little time
and space, he can make plays.

“It’s something that we’ve just got to keep teaching him,” he added.

The Hurricanes were among the winners at the NHL Draft’s lottery, falling
into the No. 2 overall pick and using it on Svechnikov , a Russian winger and
pure scorer who had 40 goals in 44 games for his junior team last season.

Their connection extends off the ice: Svechnikov says he and Necas are
rooming together during training camp at a hotel, where they usually keep things
low-key, going out to eat together or watching movies separately. Svechnikov
says Necas plays more Fortnite than he does in those rare off hours, adding with
a laugh that “I don’t have time for that.”

On the ice, Svechnikov sure seems like a quick study so far — and that’s
encouraging for his coach.

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Brind’Amour said. “That’s pretty obvious, stating the obvious, but at some point
we know he’s going to be able to do that. It’s just, when? Can he do that as an
18-year-old? After (preseason) Game 1, you’d say there’s definitely promising
things there, and he will be able to.”

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