Stamps receiver gets airtime back home

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

Nik Lewis has always had a fan base back home.

Now, thanks to some northern exposure on the NFL Network, his family members and friends don’t need plane tickets to see the sure-handed slotback in action.

Lewis returned to Texas for the bye-week, where he received positive reviews of the three-down football coverage on the American network.

“It’s good to go home and have people be able to watch me and not just say they’ve seen my stats,” Lewis said.

“You look at a piece of paper, and it kind of takes away. You don’t know who I go against.

“You just know what league it is, and you don’t really have any knowledge of the league.

“Now, you get some knowledge of the league, and you get to watch players. For some, they tune in to watch me, and then you see a Brandon Browner or a Joffrey Reynolds or a Henry Burris or Ken-Yon Rambo — guys that they’ve seen play in college, on that Division I level — and say, ‘Hey, they’re playing there, and those were some of my favourite players in college.’ So you get to see that, too.”

The Stamps have only been on the NFL Network once so far this season, with Lewis totalling 68 receiving yards and one touchdown in a 23-22 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Lewis and his teammates will feature prominently on NFL Network coverage for the remainder of the season, with games against the Edmonton Eskimos (Sept. 10), Saskatchewan Roughriders (Sept. 17), Montreal Alouettes (Oct. 1) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Nov. 5) scheduled to be broadcast in the U.S.

Splitting the uprights

There’s no kicker controversy here.

A handful of Stampeders attempted 12-yard field goals at the conclusion of Sunday’s morning practice at McMahon Stadium, but rookie Rob Maver isn’t exactly facing a fight for his job.

Safety Wes Lysack was the best of the bunch. Cornerback Dwight Anderson and linebacker Keon Raymond also split the uprights but didn’t earn any style points.

Rookie receiver Johnny Forzani missed short and waaaaaay right, something he’s certain to hear about from his teammates.

“Not too many of those guys that we tried out have a future,” deadpanned Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

Extra points

Defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Justin Phillips, who’ve both been sidelined for the past two games, returned to practice Sunday ... Middle linebacker Juwan Simpson (knee) was not in pads but should be a full participant in Monday’s session ... Defensive backs Brandon Smith and Milt Collins, a victim of a delayed flight, were also excused.


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