Throwin' in his 82 cents

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

No. 82 doesn't want to sound like he's complaining.

Nik Lewis just wants the ball more, especially in the red zone so he can score.

But when the Calgary Stampeders slotback wonders out loud why he isn't the prime target when the team gets into scoring position, it can come across as sounding a bit me-first.

Following a 24-23 loss Saturday night to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Lewis declined to talk to reporters, saying he could only get himself in trouble for saying what he thought.

It seems what he thinks is any time the Stamps lose, it was because he wasn't being thrown at enough.

"Why pay me if I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do?" Lewis said yesterday.

"My main thing -- I can block and do everything else -- what I do is catch the ball and make plays. I want to do more in this offence.

"It's not a complaining thing. It's more of a thing that I just want to show the team what I can do."

Lewis missed the previous week's 48-10 pounding of the B.C. Lions with a hip injury and has 15 catches for 213 yards this CFL season.

But he has no touchdowns in four games and is off the pace of getting his sixth straight 1,000-yard season.

The 27-year-old had three catches for 27 yards against the Riders, while four others were intended for Lewis.

Three were recorded as knockdowns, including the second-to-last play when Riders defender Rey Williams got a hand on a ball passed over the middle that would have given the Stamps a chance at trying the go-ahead field goal.

Lewis' proclamation that he needs the football more comes as no surprise to quarterback Henry Burris, who takes it all in stride.

"I like it," Burris said with his trademark enthusiasm. "If they don't want the ball, I won't throw it to them.

"It shows he's hungry -- and when he's hungry, he's ready to eat."

Being that so many of his intended passes were blocked might mean Lewis might not be open enough.

After watching the film, he said there were a couple of times when he was open but wasn't thrown at.

"At the same time, the quarterback has to make the reads," Lewis said. "There are times when I come open on the backside and I'm a backside read. We've just hit them with a good play, but the quarterback has his reads.

"I can't tell him not to make his reads just to throw me the ball. That's selfish. That's where it gets to the point where I'm being selfish and not a team player. I'm still a team player. I don't want to be selfish."

When Ken-Yon Rambo went down for the season, it made it tougher on the rest of the receiving corps because of the attention Rambo received from defensive secondaries.

"It hurts without Rambo because now you have a safety in the middle of the field who can cover me and (Jeremaine) Cope(land) both," Lewis said. "It's a little harder to get us the ball.

"For me and him, there's lots of talk that we need to step up, but you need to get it thrown in your direction," Lewis added. "I feel like I was physical and I played well. I'm not perfect.

"We have to keep moving forward. I'm not angry about not getting the ball."


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