Fire's lit for Lewis

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Nik Lewis is going to relive the sting of losing every time he makes the trip from Dallas to Houston this off-season.

The brash Calgary Stampeders receiver has a bad taste in his mouth after handing over the West semifinal to the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday.

He vows to travel from his off-season home in Dallas to Houston every couple of weeks to work with teammates Henry Burris and Joffrey Reynolds.

In his second year with the Stamps, the 2004 rookie of the year felt his team was extremely close to championship calibre but far away enough he needs to focus on improving for 2006.

"It's always tough when you feel you should come out on top," Lewis said. "It's always tough when you're not ready to lose and after you get beat. I'm using a lot of things as motivation. I go out every day trying to be better. I will run about 1,000 yards of routes two or three times a week. I would like to play every game like the last game of the season."

In the last game of the season against Edmonton, Lewis caught eight passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

For the rematch, he was much less effective, only grabbing two balls for 28 yards. And because he called out the Eskimos defensive backs through the media, Lewis' paltry total was even more glaring. Still, he wouldn't change how he went about things.

"There's not a lot different I would do," Lewis said. "My role changed from the last game to this game. You have to accept your role and that's part of being a great team. We went in with a different game plan and I accepted my role. I knew I wasn't going to catch a lot of balls. I was going to have to make blocks and get other people open. I took on that role because that's what was asked of me."

As for trashing Shannon Garrett and the Eskimos secondary, Lewis still hasn't change his opinion.

"They didn't do anything different to us," Lewis said. "The only change was them putting in (quarterback Jason) Maas. Their defensive backs are still average to me. They didn't do anything different. They brought in an extra DB but were still manned up. You look at it and we were open on certain plays but we didn't get the ball because of pressure and other things."


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