Hank Baskett Is an Indianapolis Colt, But Don't Get too Excited
I'm sitting down to my lunch break today when I get the news that former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Hank Baskett is soon to be a Colt.
As usual, I immediately check the Colts' forum and already see that about 50 posts have been made discussing the latest Indianapolis signing. Lots of opinions are already coming out about the signing, some negative, but mostly it's been positive.
Color me cynical, but the best thing about Baskett is wife Kendra Wilkinson. Baskett was unremarkable, at best, during his three-year and change stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.
On paper, Baskett looks like an intriguing prospect. At 6'2" and 220, Baskett's a physical presence on the field. Twice he's had years where he's had touchdown scores of 89 yards or more. Yet his overall stats and play seem to leave you wanting for more.
When I first started looking through this site, I found an article from someone covering the Eagles. The writer was obviously a fan of Baskett, and the article centered on his perplexing saga as an Eagle from playing time to bench and back again.
Baskett's three-year stats look like this: 72 catches, 1,052 yards, six touchdowns.
Solid numbers for a season, but not for three.
Let us not forget that Baskett comes from a team that hasn't exactly been talent-rich on the wide receiver end of things.
After game one of this season, Baskett was waived to make room for Michael Vick.
From a depth chart standpoint, I can at least see why the Colts would do it. Despite my argument in yesterday's column, the Colts obviously don't feel comfortable with only three healthy receivers on the roster.
However, I would stop short of saying that the Baskett addition is a sign that the Colts lack faith in Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. It's merely depth—just a safety valve in case another receiver goes down mid-game.
When Gonzalez is healthy, will Baskett still be around? The Colts don't use any five wide receiver sets, and if they did, they would most certainly use Dallas Clark in one slot.
And it's simply too early in their prospective careers to give up on Collie or Garcon.
No, I wouldn't get too excited about this signing. Baskett's signing will get some headlines, in part because of his wife's notoriety. That fact makes Baskett one of the more well-known reserves in the league. But this is a minimal signing for the Colts at best.
I wish Baskett well; I just don't expect him to make a significant impact on the 2009 season.
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