Teyo of two receivers

TODD SAELHOF -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Teyo Johnson appears to be catching on with the Calgary Stampeders -- perhaps in the Nik of time.

With the status of clutch receiver Nik Lewis up in the air for Friday's tilt with the visiting Montreal Alouettes (8 p.m., McMahon Stadium), the mitts of big-man Johnson may be just the needed relief for the club's passing corps.

"Wherever the coaches need me to be, I'll be there," said the 6-foot-5, 260-lb. target from White Rock, B.C.

"It just feels good to be in the system and be one of the working parts. Hopefully, my role expands."

It already has.

Johnson, 27, is emerging as another potent weapon in the Stamps' offensive arsenal. And his rise to the occasion comes at the perfect time, with Lewis and fellow receiver Ryan Thelwell both suffering from sore ribs.

Neither practised yesterday with the Stamps at McMahon Stadium.

"I think they're about to put me on the nine-game wreck list, because I'm about to go wreck the last nine games," said Lewis, with a confident smile.

"No, I'm alright. It bothers me a little more than I expected. But I'll be good.

"I've taken x-rays twice, and nothing's changed since the last game, so when (the doctors) tell me I can play, I'll say OK," he continued. "Of course, it's gonna be hard for them to tell me not to play.

"I feel confident I can play the remainder of the year and everything will be good."

If not, it will increase the workload for Johnson at the slotback position.

"You want to be involved as much as possible, but there's some real serious weapons on this team, and I'm happy to be one of them," said Johnson, a second-round draft pick of the NFL's Oakland Raiders who has bounced around trying to land a permanent job.

"I just gotta keep proving myself. I haven't been on this team too long, so to be asking for a lot doesn't make much sense."

It's not that he doesn't have the talent to be a factor for the Stamps. It's just he brings a different package from Lewis, Brett Ralph, Jeremaine Copeland, and the team's leading receiver, Ken-Yon Rambo.

His monster size makes him a load for most defensive backs, while his speed is too much for a lot of linebackers.

The combination, which was the biggest reason why five NFL teams gave him an opportunity to play four-down football, makes him a hot commodity for quarterback Henry Burris.

"To have a guy not only be able to play tight end, in the slot and be a fullback and be physical and be effective in both the running and passing game -- and be a Canadian, also -- it means a lot to us," Burris said. "The guy has a lot of talent, and there's a reason why he was in the NFL for a number of years. I'm pretty sure if the NFL can get him back at some point, they will be trying to.

"We're very lucky to have him -- I'm lucky to have him."

Burris has found No. 86 nine times for 140 yards in six games since Johnson arrived after being cut earlier this summer by the Buffalo Bills. Included was two clutch connections for 44 yards Friday in the Stamps' 38-33 victory over the host Edmonton Eskimos.

Recalling his impact in the win brought a grin to his face.

"My biggest thing is just getting first downs," Johnson said. "I'm definitely helping the run game with my blocking, but when I do get a catch, it's nice to get the first down and keep the chains moving.

"It kinda gets the defence thinking, 'Uh-oh, he's taking care of the middle, and we can't let him in there.' But then that opens it up for the other receivers."


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