No longer lookin' out for No. 1

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Nik Lewis can't wait to get this thing started.

One more warmup Friday night in Regina against the Roughriders and then the track meet begins.

And Lewis is expected to be leading the way when the Calgary Stampeders leave the CFL starting blocks June 30 in Hamilton.

But with so many talented receivers around him, Lewis isn't sure he'll be quarterback Henry Burris' top target.

"I don't know if there is a No. 1 receiver in the CFL," Lewis said after yesterday's practice at McMahon Stadium. "I guess (B.C. Lions') Geroy (Simon) is probably the only one.

"I don't believe we have a No. 1."

Lewis was the No. 1 man last season for the Red and White when he led the team in both receptions (77) and receiving yards (1,114).

"Last season, they put me in position to get the ball a lot," he said. "But it'll depend on the defence (this year).

"(The coaches) aren't going to move me around just to get me the ball."

With the return of Jeremaine Copeland, which some pundits thought would not happen after last year, and the off-season additions of Marc Boerigter and Ryan Thelwell, there may not be enough ball to go around for this talented quartet.

Not a problem, Lewis said.

"It depends on what you're looking for," he explained.

"If I get the ball in my hands, I'm going to make plays. If I don't, I'll be making blocks downfield, making plays for someone else."

Entering his fourth season with the Stamps, Lewis is coming off his third straight 1,000-yard season.

But after scoring nine touchdowns in 2005, he hit paydirt just five times last year.

When he found the endzone, he made sure to let everyone know.

Lewis and Co. were known for their outlandish touchdown celebrations last year, ranging from relay races to bobsled runs.

That won't happen this year.

Stamps head coach Tom Higgins put the kibosh on his zany receivers' antics before they even took the field this spring.

"I like to think that what happened last year won't happen again this year," Higgins told the Sun last month. "It comes back to the little things like discipline that I think got away from me last year but was able to get back into line.

"When it got out of hand, we took care of it. (Eliminating it) is going to be recommended -- not in the books as a fine -- but it is all part of being professional."

Lewis, who scored on a running play Friday against the Eskimos, said he's just going to be himself.

"What we did last year, I don't call that choreographing, I don't call it dancing," he said. "It's just going out and having fun.

"But in respect to Tom and the coaches, we'll tame it down some.

"I think I've already established what I'm going to do when I score from what I did Friday," added Lewis, who shared a few high-fives with his teammates in an understated manner before returning to the sidelines.


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