Nik Lewis may not lead the Calgary Stampeders receivers in any stats categories, but he is first in one area not measured.
In each of the first two CFL games, Lewis has delivered a huge block that has sprung a teammate for extra yardage.
To Lewis, opening a huge hole is just as satisfying as making a reception.
"It's great to help your teammates out like that," said Lewis, who has six receptions for 69 yards and a TD this season.
"It feels good when it happens."
In the season-opening win over the B.C. Lions, Lewis came crashing down on defensive end Cam Wake, sending the reigning defensive player of the year to the turf and allowing Joffrey Reynolds to run through.
Last Thursday against the Edmonton Eskimos, Lewis drilled defensive back Lenny Williams, who was chasing after Stamps receiver Ryan Thelwell.
"I put in a lot to work in the off-season to be able to do it," Lewis said. "Anything that helps out. Hitting Cam Wake was key because it slows his pass rush down. That was a big step. It helps our offensive line out tremendously. When you are the road, you need excitement wherever you can get it. When our defence sees that, it gives them an extra boost. If I can help the team by doing that, that's what I will continue to do that."
Lewis plans on getting 15 key blocks this season, and he already has one per start.
"I guess it would be called my hit list," Lewis said. "I have no intentions of hurting anybody, but it feels good to put somebody on their back."
The Stampeders, juggling to cover for defensive injuries, released DL Jonal Saint-Dic or DB Gerrick McPhearson from the practice roster. DL Julian Jenkins broke his leg in the loss to the Esks and is out indefinitely, but the team will adjust its lineup with the players who dressed in that game. DL Charleston Hughes will likely start in Jenkins' spot ... There were no other major injuries suffered Thursday.