In the Nik of time

Calgary Stampeders' Nik Lewis.

Calgary Stampeders' Nik Lewis.

Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

You didn’t need a time machine to see vintage Nik Lewis over the weekend.

And for that, Lewis is thankful.

Against the B.C. Lions Friday night, Lewis caught a swing pass from Henry Burris in full stride, moved around one tackler, bounced off a few others and then won a foot race to the endzone.

The 61-yard touchdown capped a key scoring drive for the Stamps, but it was much more important to Lewis.

“Every year, I always wonder if I can do what I used to do,” Lewis said. “That’s a great step in the right direction of me still being able to make the play.

“It’s huge for me because my confidence is up more. I have the ability to still make those kinds of plays. I look forward to the next game now and to be able to capitalize and make more.”

Lewis finished with four catches for an even 100 yards. It was his 23rd 100-yard game for the Stamps, moving him into second place on the club’s all-time list in that category behind only Allen Pitts.

The 29-year-old is getting close to second spot in two other pass-catching categories with the Stamps.

He needs 118 yards and two receptions to equal the numbers put up by hall-of-famer Tom Forzani.

Lewis first met Forzani a few years ago when the former slotback was a guest coach during Stampeders camp.

In the past year-and-a-half, Forzani has spent more time around the team now that his son, Johnny, was picked up in the supplemental draft.

“Tom was a great receiver,” Lewis said. “I’ve gotten a lot of knowledge from his over the years, and I still talk to him every time he comes out. It’s always great to see him around.

“I have a lot of respect for him to be able to go out there and put up that many yards, so it’s an honour to be able to pass somebody like that.

“It does take a while to reach those numbers,” continued Lewis, who boasts a string of seven straight 1,000-yard seasons. “Sometimes you feel like a turtle crawling along. They add up if you are consistent. The best part is knowing you are consistent.”

A year ago, Lewis had two plays that made the end-of-year top 10 highlight reel.

First, he leapt over Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Brady Browne in a July game at home. In October, also at home, Montreal Alouettes cornerback Mark Estelle was road kill as Lewis barrelled him over en route to the endzone.

Friday night’s TD against the Lions wasn’t as spectacular, but the result was just as important.

“Instantly, I feel ‘I still have this,’ so let’s go out and have fun,” Lewis said. “Sometimes at the beginning of the year, I start to press for some of those plays. I try to make those plays happen to prove to myself … The quicker you get to it the easier it is. It felt good to do it against B.C. Now I’m looking forward to Winnipeg.”

Extra points

Stamps QB Drew Tate joined teammates for a walk-through Sunday, and he should be out throwing with the team Monday. “He’s increasing his strength program,” said head coach John Hufnagel. “We’ll see where he’s at with it. How much throwing he will doing I don’t know at this point” … Stamps R Ken-Yon Rambo took part in walk-through and looks good to play Thursday in Winnipeg after sitting out one game with a hamstring injury. “I don’t like sitting and watching,” Rambo said. “It’s a thing where I would rather sit it out now and be good for the rest of the season than to play against B.C. and mess it up for four or five games. I’m looking at the big picture and the coach is also” … OL Dimitri Tsoumpas (hamstring) and OL Malik Jackson (concussion) will take first-team reps during Monday’s practice with thoughts of playing Thursday.

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