Saturday, August 05, 2006

A Baskett Catch For the Eagles

BETHLEHEM, PA -- He has been the sensation of training camp and now receiver Hank Baskett will attempt to carry that over into the games.
Baskett will be working with the first unit when the Eagles meet the Oakland Raiders in Sunday's Hall of Fame game from Canton, Ohio.
There have been several training camp sensations who haven't been able to carry into the games, so Baskett will be monitored closely.
At 6-foot-4 and 220-pounds, Baskett is big, physical and fast enough to get separation from receivers. He is also one of the best leapers in the NFL, having high-jumped 7-feet at the University of New Mexico.
In addition, Baskett, who earned a degree in general management at New Mexico, is one of the most intelligent players on the team.
He has to be in order to pick up the complicated West Coast offense.
Other than one day at Lehigh when he dropped a few catchable balls, Baskett has faced little adversity.
Nobody knows how he will fare, or even if he will figure prominently in the Eagles plans. Yet he has already accomplished one of the most difficult tasks - getting people to notice somebody who was an undrafted rookie free agent.
Even in a preseason game, the tempo speeds up considerably and Baskett will be out to show that he can translate what he has done at Lehigh on to a bigger stage.
Nobody should make rash judgments whether he has a good or bad game. It is only one game and a preseason game at that.
The fact that Baskett has gotten to this point is impressive. He has done the one thing that any rookie free agent desires - being noticed. And now many of the Eagles fans won't be able to take their eyes off Baskett, hoping he can help a less than imposing group of wide receivers.