Baskett still fond of Clovis

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CNJ file photo Hank Baskett’s 464 yards receiving last season were the second-most for an undrafted NFL rookie in the last decade. Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles open the 2007 NFL season today against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. By Jon Marks: CNJ correspondent PHILADELPHIA — All things considered, unlike what W.C. Fields […]

Garcia has NFL hopes after Tech

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent He was Joey when he left Clovis. Now, he’s just plain Joe. But Joe Garcia is certainly no ordinary Joe as far as the Texas Tech Red Raiders are concerned. Expected to be one of the leaders this year for Tech’s defense at strong safety, the 6-foot-1 inch, 222-pound senior […]

NFL fumbles trying to control news gathering

By Freedom Newspapers The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two […]

Baskett Watch

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa. PROSPECTS 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 […]

Living the dream

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Hank Baskett shows how he caught a pass in an NFC playoff game against the Saints. The catch, which would have kept Philadelphia’s last-minute drive alive, was negated by a penalty. New Orleans escaped with a 27-24 win. (CNJ staff 0photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Hank Baskett describes his rookie season […]

Baskett wins weekly rookie honor

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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 […]

Baskett playoff-bound

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and Clovis native Hank Baskett celebrates after tight end Matt Schobel scored the first touchdown in Monday’s 23-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he […]

Baskett voted NFL rookie of the week

CNJ staff After two days of Web voting, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett of Clovis has been chosen the National Football League’s Rookie of the Week. Baskett, who beat out highly touted players such as New Orleans’ Reggie Bush and Arizona’s Matt Leinart for the honor, caught three passes for 112 yards and a […]

Clovis’ Baskett opens NFL career

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis native Hank Baskett began his NFL career Sunday with some playing time, but no receptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Houston Texans. Baskett was part of a four-wide-receiver formation with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter and the Eagles down 7-0. Two plays later, Eagles […]

NFL football: Baskett to get start today for Eagles

CNJ sports This is the big day for Hank Baskett. The 2001 Clovis High graduate is expected to make his NFL debut in the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting lineup for today’s NFL season opener at Houston, the Philadelphia Daily News reported in Saturday’s edition. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from the University of New Mexico, was […]

Baskett’s CHS peers watching with interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Baskett agrees to deal with Vikings

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Clovis High School alum Hank Baskett III talks to his agent on his cell phone from the floor of his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III watched and waited for 14 hours over two days as 255 players were picked in the National […]

Clovis’ Baskett still in NFL draft limbo

CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett will have to wait another day to learn his NFL fate. Baskett, an all-conference receiver at the University of New Mexico, was not selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Rounds four through seven are today. Jim Ivler, Baskett’s agent, said of course […]

Clovis grad Hank Baskett only days away from making jump to NFL

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NFL prospect Hank Baskett roots on the Lady Wildcats softball team during their doubleheader Tuesday at the Lady Cats softball park. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Former ENMU standout cherishes college days

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Former Eastern New Mexico University football standout Michael Sinclair played 12 seasons in the NFL. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University football player Michael Sinclair had his No. 72 jersey retired by the school during halftime of Wednesday’s ENMU men’s basketball game. Sinclair played at […]

Clovis grad Baskett Senior Bowl bound

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New Mexico’s Hank Baskett will play for the South team in the 2006 Senior Bowl on Saturday (AP photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver […]

Baskett’s NFL stock rising

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Hank Baskett has gone from a quarterback at Clovis High School to a potential NFL draft pick as a wide receiver. By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III has put himself on the NFL draft radar with his breakout senior season at New Mexico. Baskett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, finished the regular […]

Cowboys open with win

By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Johnson, and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards as the Dallas Cowboys dropped San Diego 28-24. Bledsoe threw the winning 2-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 left as Johnson beat cornerback Sammy Davis on […]

Baskett looks for big year to impress NFL scouts

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One pro scouting service believes Hank Baskett will be at worst a middle-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. (UNM media relations: David Benyak) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In his 22 years, Hank Baskett has grown into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound specimen that Mountain West Conference defenses can’t ignore. Recently, he’s also grown out of […]