Nik could fly south in off-season

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:18 AM ET

The Stampeders' lone star on offence could draw offers from the NFL during the off-season. Rookie receiver Nik Lewis, a native Texan, is fourth in the CFL with 55 catches for 805 yards, easily the best numbers among Stampeders receivers, while he has been heavily scouted this year.

"It's always an interest and that was my major goal to start out with and it's going to be a big interest of mine for a few years," noted Lewis, who will enter the option year of his contract after this season.

"If it happens, it happens. But if not, I'm happy here in Calgary. It's a good place for me to be. I could be here and continue to help this team out."

Lewis has impressed with his consistency on one of the least productive offensive units in the CFL.

He again led the team in receiving Friday against Ottawa, grabbing six passes for 72 yards.

"I feel pretty good about the year, I just wish we could come out and win some more games," said Lewis, 22.

"I feel good about what I'm doing right now and I'm just trying to help this team as much as possible and play my roles."

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FLYIN' DEFENCE: The Stampeders almost pulled off the upset of the season five weeks ago, losing to the B.C. Lions 25-18 in overtime.

GM-head coach Matt Dunigan said the Stamps will again need a season-best performance from the defence Friday night by getting after quarterback Casey Printers.

"Last time we played B.C., our defence was able to fly around and pressure Casey quite a bit," Dunigan said.

"He's the kind of quarterback that keeps you on your toes the whole game, because if you fall asleep just one time, he'll hurt you with his feet or his arm with all the weapons he has around him. We're going to need that kind of performance against them again this time.

"We were able to hit him quite often and that's always important, not so much sacks or pressures but how many times you're actually hitting the quarterback. I think that really adds up, speaking from experience there, how many times a guy can pick himself up off the turf and be comfortable about doing so. He continues to show a lot of poise."

Printers is having an MVP season but completed just 15 of 30 passes for 259 yards while also throwing two picks during his last game against Calgary.

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HEALING WOUNDS: Coach Matt Dunigan said injured Canadian offensive lineman Taylor Robertson, import defensive back Nate Terry and Canadian linebacker Joe Bonaventura could all return to action against the Lions.


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