When draft day came in May, the cell phone never rang for Hank Baskett. The same thing happened Saturday for Baskett, and it’s the best birthday present he could imagine.
Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, survived the final preseason cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. An undrafted rookie from the University of New Mexico, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Baskett is one of five receivers on the roster for the Eagles.
“It’s the opposite of draft day,” Baskett said of Saturday, where NFL teams made cuts to trim rosters to 53 players. “On draft day, you want that phone call. On this day, you don’t want a phone number you don’t know (on your caller ID).”
Baskett said he has family and friends in town to celebrate in advance of his birthday. Baskett turns 24 on Monday, but said that day will be spent preparing for Philadelphia’s Sept. 10 opener at Houston (11 a.m. MDT, FOX).
The Eagles had made moves at wide receiver throughout the week. Philadelphia acquired Donte’ Stallworth from the New Orleans Saints, then released veteran Todd Pinkston, who signed a deal Saturday with the Minnesota Vikings.
“It just shows nothing’s guaranteed,” Baskett said of the transactions. “I’ve learned that early in my career. If you don’t come out here and perform every day, (you can be released) really quick.”
Notable cuts through the day included Detroit’s Charles Rogers, the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draf; Denver’s Ron Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, and Cleveland running back Terrell Suggs.
The Eagles may still search through waiver wires for a sixth receiver, but Baskett feels comfortable with the current receiver corps.
“We have many weapons at the reciever spot,” Baskett said. “We may not have that go-to guy … but everyone’s making plays.”