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Chad Johnson catches two passes in CFL regular season debut

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Chad Johnson is officially in the CFL stat book. (Twitter/@CFL)
Chad Johnson is officially in the CFL stat book. (Twitter/@CFL)

Chad Johnson officially took his talents to Canada on Saturday. The former NFL receiver made his regular season debut in the CFL and caught two passes for 20 yards as his Montreal Alouettes lost to the Calgary Stampeders 29-8.

Johnson's two receptions for the Alouettes were his first regular season catches in any football league since December 2011 when he caught a pass for the New England Patriots.

The former Bengals and Patriots receiver said the CFL compares favorably to the NFL and that he's not quite up to speed yet in his new league.

"I've got a long way to go, man," Johnson said after his debut, 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."

The 36-year-old signed with the Alouettes in April.

Johnson's CFL debut went slightly better than his NFL debut in 2001. As a rookie with the Bengals, Johnson was held without a catch in a Week 1 win over the Patriots. Johnson was a second-round pick for the Bengals in 2001 and spent 10 seasons in Cincinnati before moving on to New England in 2011.

Besides Johnson, Cris Carter's son also got in the action on Saturday. Duron Carter caught four passes for 32 yards. Both receivers might have had a few more receptions if quarterback Troy Smith didn't struggle all day. The former Heisman Trophy winner finished 18 of 41 for 154 yards and an interception for the Alouettes.

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