With apologies to JC Sherritt ...but what an unbelievable weekend it was for offence.
Every quarterback was throwing for 325+ yards and multiple touchdowns, a whole host of running backs were racking up tons of yardage while Chris Williams just might be the scariest player in the league.
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Through four games this season, Nik Lewis has averaged 90.4 yards per game, and a league-best 6 TD receptions.
There are so many developments in the land of the Wide Receiver. 22-year-old Chris Matthew is leading in yardage, Andy Fantuz is getting a ton of press as the big name free agent, Geroy Simon just broke Milt Stegall’s record and everyone loves watching the 2,398 ways Weston Dressler picks apart a zone. (By the way that wasn't code for Dressler is slow. The guy can fly.)
With so much attention going around to so many athletes I'd like to give some love to the most reliable of all the receivers in the league, Nik Lewis.
Vicki Hall wrote a nice piece on Nik so please allow me to piggy back on her column.
Watching Calgary during the Burris days it would usually be Romby Bryant or Ken-Yon Rambo who made the highlight play, they, along with Joffrey Reynolds would be the ones that would so often catch your eye.
But if you dug a little deeper it was Lewis who was the real lynch pin behind the offence. He may not have blazed past the secondary en route to a 30-yard touchdown, but I bet he converted two 2nd-and-8's on the said scoring drive.
Let's face it, the speed guys are far more fun to watch and you'll see them on the highlight reels with greater frequency, but they're not always the most reliable. The key for Lewis is he never really had that blazing speed to begin with.
Now don't get me wrong, being blessed with a 4.3 40-yard dash is mighty handy, but that raw athleticism can often be a crutch for many a young wide out, or an excuse for not running crisp routes.
Also the speed guys usually don’t have the same longevity, because once that 4.3 turns into a 4.7 the next step is the inevitable loss of employment. Here's the best way to put it, having world class speed is like being the really hot guy as a freshman in high school. When it comes to meeting (I'm using "meeting" to mean a whole hosting of verbs, just use your imagination) girls the hot guy really doesn't need to work as hard.
The great looking guy can easily get by without developing a real sense of humour or any of the other tricks 17-year-olds use to woo women that are way beyond their league.
But when you're 15 and you look in the mirror and realize you have been given average looks (on a good day) well, you have to work on every aspect of your "game" if you would like to "meet" women.
While this stinks in high school in can pay dividends down the road when the hot guy has developed a gut and doesn’t know how to talk to women while the rest of us have at least developed some modicum of skills.
I hope you are catching the drift of what I am saying, and yes that past paragraph was more than a little semi-autobiographical.
Well that same convoluted analogy can be used to explain much of the success of Lewis.
Lewis has always been about reading defences, running the right routes, breaking tackles and of course the occasional push off. This is not to say he doesn't have speed, he has enough, it's just that you wouldn't want to put money on Lewis in a 100-yard dash against any of the top wide outs in this league.
Matthew Cauz is the Weekend Host for 'GAME DAY' on TSN 1050 Radio. Previously, he was a producer and football analyst for SUN TV where he appeared regularly on the “Casino Rama Grill Room” and he spent seven years working for TSN's “Off The Record”. Follow Matthew on Twitter @mcauz56.
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