Stamp in-bounds and determined

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Always one to listen to his father’s advice, Nik Lewis will take a pass on the latest offering.

Lewis’ father told him he should run out of bounds a bit more, avoid those extra hits, and save the pain and suffering.

But the one thing the Calgary Stampeders slotback won’t do in his seventh CFL season is change his style.

“It’s not me. How could I look at the fans after I run out of bounds?” said Lewis, who has delivered huge hits and received his share during six straight 1,000-yard seasons.

“I couldn’t do it. I sell out everything for the fans and this organization. If I did do it, I wouldn’t be me.”

Lewis has heard many things about his game and how he should change.

He’s heard he should slim down, try to get faster and avoid the heavy traffic.

He also shouldn’t throw himself reckless into oncoming defenders.

Change won’t happen.

“What makes me a good receiver in this league is I know what I can do and do well,” Lewis said. “I stick to it. I don’t try to do what Ken-Yon Rambo does. I don’t try to be Geroy Simon. I do what I do, and I do it well. It makes me different from others. It also makes me good.

“I have to be smart as well. If I’m wrapped up, I should just go down and not take the extra hit. If I’m on the sideline, and I get pushed and there’s another guy coming, I should just step out.”

At 5-foot-10, 225-lb., the 28-year-old has chosen his path.

Sure, if he was healthier last season, maybe he wouldn’t have gone until the second-to-last game of the season before getting a touchdown.

There is no question Lewis was hampered by hip, leg, back and other ailments last season, but he only missed one game.

Often, he would skip practice for periods of preparation only to suit up when it came time for real action.

“If it’s a problem and I can’t play, then I shouldn’t play,” Lewis said. “I won’t blame my season on injuries last year because I took it upon myself to go out and play.

“If step on the field to play, I expect to play well, score touchdowns and get yards. I won’t blame it on injuries.”

Had Lewis not scored a major against the B.C. Lions in Week 18, he would have gone into the record books as the first 1,000-yard receiver without a TD in CFL history.

During this off-season, the Stamps traded their scoring machine, as Jeremaine Copeland was moved to the Toronto Argonauts for receiver P.K. Sam.

Now, somebody has to pick it up and fill the scoring void left by Copeland's departure.

As the longest-serving import player on the Stamps’ roster, Lewis is ready to take the mantle.

Physically, he feels ready now for another 1,000-yard performance, which should include some majors.

“It’s always good to help your team,” Lewis said. “When you lose a guy like Cope, who had 12 touchdowns last year, we have to replace them. It has to come from somewhere.

“Hopefully, I fill the void a little bit and the other guys help out, too.”


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