Lewis: Stamps receivers frighten Esks

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos secondary should be quaking in its cleats.

Nik Lewis plans on embarrassing the man set to cover him tomorrow when the Eskimos come south to face the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (3 p.m., TSN).

So, Shannon Garrett, this is your warning.

"I'm going out with the intent to make Garrett look bad," said Lewis yesterday.

"My intent is to make it so after this year, he won't want to play football again.

"It's not going to be easy. He's a quality DB but my intent is to make him feel like he's not capable of playing with the best in this league. Once he starts thinking that, his career is over. His career is coming to an end."

It's not just Lewis the Eskimos should be worried about, according to the flashy 23-year-old sophomore who won rookie of the year last season.

Man for man, Lewis is confident he and teammates Jeremaine Copeland, Ken-Yon Rambo, MarTay Jenkins and Brett Ralph will find space against Garrett, Donny Brady, Malcolm Frank, Kelly Wiltshire and Keyuo Craver.

"Just like Saskatchewan, their DBs fear us," Lewis said. "They really do. They have a decent front seven but their DBs know they can't hold us. Brady knows he can't hold Cope. Malcolm knows he can't hold Rambo. He can't even run step-for-step with Rambo. They're really scared over there.

"Garrett is too old (to cover me)," Lewis added about the 31-year-old.

Lewis leads the Stamps with 72 catches for 1,234 yards and record numbers in terms of trash talk.

"I might not get open but I guarantee you it's because they have three guys on me," Lewis said.

"That also means somebody else is open. I'm not worried about it."

Brady responded to Lewis' boasting a few days ago by backing Garrett.

"Shannon can cover anybody in the league," Brady told the Edmonton Sun. "Nik Lewis ain't nobody. I don't know who Nik Lewis is. He hasn't proven himself. He's just another ball player to me."

The numbers seem to back Garrett. He is constantly matched up against the opposition's best receivers and has yet to yield a touchdown this season.

Lewis didn't score in either of the first two meetings in September but claims it was in those games he saw the Eskimos wilt. "They don't want to play us again," Lewis said.


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