Lewis likes lots of zeroes in statline

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

Nik Lewis is zeroing in on a dubious -- and somewhat mystifying -- milestone.

The popular CFL wide receiver could reach the 1,000-yard mark without scoring a touchdown this season.

That's right ... a model of consistency in his six seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, the talkative Texan's TD line could well read zero depending on his totals over the final three games of the regular season and despite another fantastic football season.

"I like zeroes beside my name," said Lewis with a straight face. "I hope there's three zeroes beside my name ... with another digit in front of them. That's what makes me happy."

With 865 yards so far this season, he's likely to find that happiness once again.

Lewis is no stranger to the 1,000-yard mark, having pushed past it in all five of his previous CFL seasons -- all with the Stampeders.

But it must feel a little odd to not have hit paydirt yet this campaign. After all, Lewis registered 37 TDs on 383 career receptions coming into his sixth season.

And he has a healthy 57 catches this year heading into tomorrow's game against the visiting Edmonton Eskimos (8 p.m., TSN).

"I just do what I do -- I don't even think about touchdowns," Lewis said. "Touchdowns are a fan thing and a media thing. I haven't thought about it.

"I feel like if I score a touchdown, then the media has nothing to talk to me about, so I'm going to continue to stay out of the endzone until I'm ready to shut up."

His lips might get sealed tomorrow night, especially if he parlays his effort from last Saturday's 44-44 tie with the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders. With eight catches for 112 yards to lead the Stamps receiving corps, Lewis had one of his strongest games of the season. It wasn't far off his best performance this year -- that against the Eskimos Aug. 13, when he hauled in seven passes for 132 yards.

And his focus is on contributing -- TDs or not -- however he can to a Stamps victory.

"Whether it's blocking or catching the ball, that's my main mind-frame," Lewis said. "If I get us down there and Joffrey (Reynolds) scores three touchdowns or (Jeremaine) Cope(land) gets us down there and I score, it doesn't matter. As long as we as a team put the ball in endzone, I think we're happy.

"I had a better game last week -- I felt like myself for the first time in awhile," Lewis continued.

There were doubts when he missed practice earlier this week because of a virus he might not be wearing Stamps silks for tomorrow night's tilt. But No. 82 was back running routes and catching the pigskin yesterday to prime himself for another solid effort.

"Feelin' alright today -- feelin' a lot better," added Lewis with a smile yesterday. "It was mad cow disease -- damn Alberta beef."

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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