Baskett wins weekly rookie honor

Hank Baskett’s 89-yard touchdown catch Sunday against the Falcons was the longest scoring play from scrimmage this season, according to the Eagles’ Web site. (AP photo)

CNJ staff

NEW YORK — Clovis’ Hank Baskett was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Thursday.

An undrafted rookie out of the University of New Mexico, Baskett caught seven passes for 177 yards in the Eagles’ 24-17 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. His best day as a pro included a game-winning 89-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Feeley in the fourth quarter.

Baskett also won the award in Week 5 when he caught three passes for 112 yards, including an 87-yard TD reception, in a 38-24 win over Dallas.

The NFC East champion Eagles host the New York Giants on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs. Baskett caught 22 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns in 16 regular-season games.

Tennessee quarterback Vince Young has won the Rookie of the Week award four times. Baskett is among three players who have won it twice.
More than 33,650 fans voted this week on and via Sprint wireless service.

Baskett was selected from among five finalists. The other finalists were wide receiver Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, cornerback Richard Marshall of the Carolina Panthers, defensive back Benard Pollard of the Kansas City Chiefs and running back Chris Taylor of the Houston Texans.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on and via Sprint wireless service throughout January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLI in South Florida.