CLOVIS — Hank Baskett is getting ready for his sophomore season in the NFL.
The 2001 Clovis High graduate leaves Wednesday to join his Philadelphia Eagles teammates in Bethlehem, Pa., for the start of preseason drills. Rookies report on Friday while the veterans are scheduled to start on Monday.
He caught 21 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns during a 10-6 regular season, leading the Eagles with a 21.1-yard average per catch en route to an NFC East title. He added two catches for 30 yards as the team advanced to the second round of the postseason.
The 6-foot-4 receiver is looking for good things again this year, but knows nothing is guaranteed.
“It’s better from the standpoint that we pretty much have the same team coming back, and I (go in knowing) the whold playbook,” he said. “And the coaches have a better feel for me.
“But it’s not what I did last year. I still have to go in there knowing I have to earn my spot.”
Baskett wasn’t at home a lot this summer. He said most of it was spent in Philadelphia, although he made a trip to Phoenix with other receivers to get some work in at the home of quarterback Donavan McNabb.
“This year, we had a good group of guys down there,” he said. “We got a lot of good work in.”
The Eagles pretty much started over with the receiver corps last year after getting rid of Terrell Owens. Donte’ Stallworth was signed to be the primary receiver last season, but he is now at New England.
Still, things are more stable going in for a young group of receivers, and Baskett is hoping it pays off.
“That’s one thing I like about it,” he said of its relative youth. “I believe we have the best receiving corps in the NFC.”