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Chad Johnson catches two passes in CFL regular season debut

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It’s official: Chad Johnson now has regular season catches to his credit in CFL and NFL play.

Now a member of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, Johnson hauled in a pair of passes for 20 yards in his club’s regular season opener at Calgary on Saturday. However, the catches came in a losing effort, as the Alouettes were defeated 29-8 by the Stampeders. Also, a pass from quarterback Troy Smith intended for Johnson was intercepted, though the throw was a little off-target.

After the game, Johnson said he had improvements to make.

“I’ve got a long way to go, man,” Johnson said, per the Canadian Press. “With this being my first time experiencing a real live game with the bullets flying, the level of competition is really not that far off from the NFL and the speed of the game is equivalent.”

The Alouettes next play July 4 against the visiting British Columbia Lions.

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30 Responses to “Chad Johnson catches two passes in CFL regular season debut”
  1. bonnovi says: Jun 28, 2014 10:38 PM

    Time to break out the CFL Hall of Fame jacket.

  2. genericcommenter says: Jun 28, 2014 10:41 PM

    This is the team that Jerry Rice, Jr couldn’t make, and they also cut PFT favorite (non)QB Collin Klein early.

  3. coachbeck says: Jun 28, 2014 10:46 PM

    Why bash the guy for doing whatever it takes to continue to play. Have a word with yourself if you come on a blog to trash a guy for finding a job in his field and going anywhere in the world to do that job.

    Any other field except athlete this would be called never giving up and doing what a man does…… Getting a job and working. No matter where.

  4. rexgrossman8 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:46 PM

    hope a more humbled CJ makes it back to the NFL. Even if it’s only for a season.

  5. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 28, 2014 10:50 PM

    This site is for Pro Football Talk only, not for minor league CFL and all the other knock leagues. Keep it professional.

  6. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jun 28, 2014 11:12 PM

    Way to go, Chad! Good things to come.

  7. luz56 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:17 PM

    It’s a totally different game played with different rules. Calling it and other leagues minor shows the lack of education on your part

  8. ketch20too says: Jun 28, 2014 11:21 PM

    I accidentally watched two plays from this game. Chad let what looked like catchable ball go over his head without even raising his hands and the ball got picked off. THAT”S a big reason why he in the CFL

  9. tabdanger says: Jun 28, 2014 11:25 PM

    Say what you want, but it’s obvious this man loves the game of football.

  10. militantgod says: Jun 28, 2014 11:31 PM

    CFL is professional, genius.

  11. selldannysell says: Jun 28, 2014 11:36 PM

    And yet there were LOTS of Burgundy-and-Gold fans out there who wanted to give up two draft picks to get this guy. We’re forever indebted to Mike Brown for saving us from ourselves!

  12. dkalev says: Jun 28, 2014 11:54 PM


    The CFL XFL AFL USFL and UFL as well as the new one they are starting now are all professional football leagues alongside the nfl, get that narrow view out of here. The AFL average attendance may be 1/10 of nfl (80k-8k) however it is competitive and fun to watch and football as well

  13. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 28, 2014 11:56 PM

    I’ve been scouring the internet for links to CFL games. I WILL NOT GIVE UP SEEING OCHO CATCH PASSES AGAIN!

  14. raiderapologist says: Jun 28, 2014 11:57 PM

    It’s one thing to continue your career in the CFL. It’s another to end your career there. You can keep him, Canada. Please.

  15. Gordon says: Jun 29, 2014 12:04 AM

    Yippee!

  16. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 29, 2014 12:16 AM

    If the competition were really not that far off from the NFL, you wouldn’t be playing, Chad.

  17. dodohead418 says: Jun 29, 2014 12:20 AM

    I am pretty sure their playbook is not as complex as NE’s were, so he should shine if he only remains focus!

  18. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 29, 2014 12:53 AM

    Not a bad debut. Troy Smith looked awful though.

  19. joshtanney says: Jun 29, 2014 12:59 AM

    Just joined the team, give it a few weeks and he will get in rhythm with the Al`s and help them win some ball games.

  20. carlsbadboltfan says: Jun 29, 2014 1:55 AM

    Too bad he doesn’t have a QB that can get him the ball. Als looked really bad today.

  21. theheyseed says: Jun 29, 2014 2:01 AM

    Saw some of that game at the Bar. It was good to have football on the tube.
    CJ looked good, and CFL refs are just as bad as NFL refs.

  22. billsfan30192 says: Jun 29, 2014 2:10 AM

    #bumsauce

  23. 700levelvet says: Jun 29, 2014 7:14 AM

    He always seemed like he was having fun while at work .. Which most Americans can’t really say. Plus he made way more than the average. He was a unique kinda guy, perhaps crazy but hell, it’s his life…

  24. gmen32 says: Jun 29, 2014 8:15 AM

    Visit Peter Kings MMQB and read Doug Flutie’s take on playing in the CFL. This is the type of article that drives CFL haters crazy. Long live the NFL, long live the CFL!!!

  25. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 29, 2014 9:06 AM

    Did he make the demand that he would not play in any away games?

    Oh, wait – that was a completely different washed-up idiot.

  26. coolzog says: Jun 29, 2014 9:19 AM

    I was at the game and he wasn’t impressive at all. Same issues he has in the NFL seem to be his issues here, lazy route running led to DBs jumping his routes causing one INT, one dropped INT and one INT called back because of a horse-collar tackle. That and Troy Smith looked terrible, he had absolutely no accuracy.

  27. steelerfanforlife says: Jun 29, 2014 9:21 AM

    He would have had at least 3 more catches had Troy Smith not overthrown him.

  28. vex24 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:39 AM

    Congrats Chad. I’ll always be a fan of yours. Keep playing as long as it’s fun and profitable. I always saw you as a young man that successfully made football fun in Cincinnati. Sometimes you were a little ‘over the top’, but never were any of your motives hurtful. Your struggles and victories should be remembered as a good human effort. Enjoy your new team.

  29. afcdomination says: Jun 30, 2014 10:56 AM

    I respect him playing where he can play, but the NFL will not happen again for Johnson. so you can defend what he is doing, but don’t then tell me he is returning to the NFL, as that simply isn’t true and its not being a hater to say it, its just being a realist.

    T.O went years where he was far more capable, and still didn’t get back in.

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 30, 2014 12:03 PM

    He’ll be disappointed if he comes back to Cin – one of those 2 passes would have been intercepted.

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