Lewis is talkin' up a turf war

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Have you ever heard of Nik Lewis?

Do you know what position he plays or what team he belongs to?

Although Lewis is putting up huge numbers as the Calgary Stampeder's leading receiver, some CFL fans would likely have trouble correctly answering those questions.

So, it's no surprise Lewis believes he's underrated.

"Oh yeah," he said with his voice full of attitude. "I am one of the best receivers in this league."

The stats prove it: 1,234 yards on 72 catches and eight TDs puts him fourth on the league receiving chart. The second-year slotback is also one of the best at stirring it up.

"If they expect to cover me, they can't cover me with one person," said Lewis.

And that statement - along with the comment that "all (halfback Donny Brady) can do is hold" - has started a turf war with Sunday's pivotal Eskimo-Stampeder tilt fast approaching.

For most of this weekend's game in Calgary, Lewis will match up against Edmonton's other halfback, Shannon Garrett.

Garrett consistently sees the opposition's top receiver - Milt Stegall, Ben Cahoon, Geroy Simon - and has yet to give up a TD pass in 2005.

But Garrett doesn't blow his own horn. "He is a good receiver," he said of Lewis. "But I don't see it as necessary for him to be double- teamed."

Brady - on the other hand - can match Lewis word-for-word.

"Shannon can cover anybody in the league," said Brady.

"Nik Lewis ain't nobody.

"I don't know who Nik Lewis is.

"He hasn't proven himself. He's just another ball player to me."


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