The talents of Chad Johnson were on full display for the first time north of the border over the weekend, as Johnson made his debut for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL regular season.
His debut was relatively uneventful though, making two catches for 20 yards in a 28-9 loss for his Allouettes team. The 36-year-old former Pro Bowl star caught a pass in a professional game for the first time since December of 2011, but admits there’s plenty of work to do.
“I’ve got a long way to go, man,” Johnson said, via TSN.ca. “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.”
Johnson was a second-round pick of the Bengals in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Oregon State. He spent 10 seasons in a Bengals uniform before one year as a member of the New England Patriots in 2011.
However, Johnson wasn’t the only former big named player to make an appearance for the Allouettes. He had help from fellow wide receiver Duron Carter, son of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who caught four passes for 32 yards in the loss. Throwing the ball to both receivers was former Heisman Trophy winner and Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Troy Smith.
Smith didn’t help his receivers much, going 18-of-41 for 154 yards and no touchdowns but one interception.