Lewis trashing Garrett

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

CALGARY -- Nik Lewis keeps spewing trash talk.

In his latest shots at the Edmonton Eskimo secondary, the Stamps' leading receiver is more critical than earlier in the week.

"Just like Saskatchewan, their DBs fear us," said Lewis, whose comments appeared in yesterday's Calgary Sun.

"They're really scared over there. Garrett is too old (to cover me). I'm going out with the intent to make Garrett look bad. My intent is to make it so after this year, he won't want to play football again."

Lewis will try to back up his words this afternoon when he lines up opposite Shannon Garrett when the Esks and Stamps battle in the final regular-season game of the year at McMahon Stadium.

The fourth-leading receiver in the CFL started the turf war with the Edmonton secondary on Monday by pounding his chest in the locker-room.

NOT ONE PERSON

"If they expect to cover me, they can't cover me with one person," Lewis told the Edmonton Sun.

He followed that statement with: "All (Eskimo halfback Donny Brady) can do is hold."

Garrett - who's 31-years-old, eight years older than Lewis - didn't take the receiver's bait earlier in the week, but Brady did.

"Shannon can cover anybody in the league," said Brady. "Nik Lewis ain't nobody.

I don't know who Nik Lewis is. He hasn't proven himself."

That sparked Lewis's rebuttals this weekend.

"(The Eskimos) have a decent front seven but their DBs know they can't hold us.

"Brady knows he can't hold Cope," said Lewis in the Calgary Sun, referring to Jeremaine Copeland.

"Malcolm (Frank) knows he can't hold (Ken-Yon) Rambo. He can't even run step for step with Rambo."

The front page Calgary Sun sports story was passed around the hotel lobby when the Eskimos arrived yesterday.

WHY BE SCARED?

"Nobody has given me a reason to be scared," said Brady.

Added Garrett: "If he is trying to talk to me, it is (falling) on deaf ears. I don't even pay attention to it.

"I have been in the league a long time and definitely know how to win."

Lewis entered the league last year and was part of the Calgary club that won just four games.

This year's Stampeder team is two points behind the Eskimos and needs to win this afternoon to host a playoff game at McMahon next weekend.

In the first two head-to-head games this season, Lewis caught six balls against Garrett but didn't score a touchdown.

That is nothing new.

Garrett has yet to give up a touchdown pass this season.

And he consistently faces the opposition's top receiver.


Photos