Baskett Watch

CNJ staff

Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa.

Coming off a strong rookie season, Baskett and fellow second-year player Jason Avant are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot.

“We like what we saw from Hank last year, and we have high expectations for Jason Avant,” Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said.

An extended one-on-one interview with Baskett that includes a highlight video is posted on the Eagles Web site.

Pete Schrager of Fox News included Baskett as one of 15 players in his fantasy football preview who might not be drafted but could develop into viable options.

“He’s got the size, the hands, the skills and the awareness to be a formidable NFL receiver. He could be much more than that. With Donte Stallworth gone to New England, the wideout situation is still up for grabs in Philly. Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown should be the first two options, but Baskett could be the big-play guy.”

“Baskett was overlooked in the draft, but it’s obvious to me that if he takes care of himself, he’ll make plays for a long time in this league. Baskett kind of reminds me of Cris Carter … he has the same type of speed and he has great hands. I think he can develop into a very productive player for a long period of time,” said Mike Quick, former Eagles receiver and NFL color analyst.

2006 stats: 22 catches for 464 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2006, Baskett became the second rookie in NFL history to post two TD receptions of 85 yards-or-more in a single season, since Green Bay’s Billy Howton did so in 1952. Those two TDs were the two-longest by an undrafted rookie WR in NFL history, as he became the first Eagle to catch two TDs of 80-yards-or-more in the same season.

“Catching my two touchdowns last year: I’ve never run that far in my life. I thought I’d be an end zone type of guy. I don’t know what my role will be, that’s up to the guys upstairs. I just want to have a role.”

— Compiled by Rick White