Lewis gets another crack at Renegades

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Bo knows Argo football.

Although he didn't make a lasting impression with the Ottawa Renegades in training camp this year, Derrick (Bo) Lewis impressed the Argos later on when they needed a versatile defensive back.

Tonight, Lewis will make his season debut as a starter, coincidentally against the Renegades, because the Argos have run into injury problems. Cornerback Jordan Younger (leg) and defensive back Kenny Wheaton (groin), who man the short side, are sidelined with injuries suffered Friday during a road loss against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Lewis can play either defensive back or cornerback, depending on how the Argos line up, and he'll be joined by either rookie Byron Parker or multi-purpose veteran Chuck Winters.

The Renegades auditioned Lewis, a seven-year veteran who has previously started at cornerback and defensive back, at the defensive back position, but told the 30-year-old upon his release that they wanted to go with younger players.

"No hard feelings," Lewis said. "That's what they wanted to do. It wasn't (within) my control. I guess they wanted to go cheaper."

He joined the Argos July 5 and has played in six of 10 games, albeit as a backup.

Lewis did not anticipate any problems at whichever position he plays, even if the Renegades opt to test him.

"The way things are designed, no one can be singled out on our defence," Lewis said. "It's to the point that if we miss someone (to injury), the next person can step in because the defence is based upon everybody knowing one another and believing in each other."

Defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler does not believe the team will become less efficient with backups playing in place of starters.

"All those people have been with us," he said. "We didn't keep them here just because they were lousy players. It functions as 12, not as one."


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