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Brown and Baskett to have breakout years?

Fox Sports sure seems to think so... In two seperate stories about guys they think will have "breakout" years, both Pete Schrager & Adam Schein mentioned a different young Eagles wideout.

Schrager says it's Hank Baskett.

10. Hank Baskett, WR, Eagles: Baskett saved his best game of the year for the regular season finale, hauling in seven passes for 177 yards and ripping off an 89-yard touchdown versus the Falcons in Week 17. He's got the size, the hands, the skills and the awareness to be a formidable NFL receiver. He could be much more than that. With Donte Stallworth gone to New England, the wideout situation is still up for grabs quite a grab in Philly. Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown should be the first two options, but Baskett could be the big-play guy.

I suppose it all depends on what a "breakout year" is for a guy like Hank Baskett. He had 22 receptions for almost 500 yards last year with 2 TDs. I could see him bettering his catch total some, but how much can we really expect out of a guy that will be the 3rd WR? He's not catching 70 balls... but if he caught between 30 and 40 and really learned how to use his size to be more of a red zone threat and grabbed between 7 or 8 TDs I'd say that was pretty good. Hank already showed a knack for the big play, but if he turns into a dangerous red zone threat as well this WR corps could be set for the next 5 or 6 years.

Schein says it's Reggie Brown.

Reggie Brown: Sure, Brown helped your fantasy team with eight receiving touchdowns last year. This season, he will help out the Eagles even more in reality. The rapport between Brown and Donovan McNabb was really humming when the quarterback got hurt. In two seasons as a pro, Brown has totaled 43 and 46 catches respectively. He'll shatter those numbers this year. Book him for 75 receptions.

I could really see this happening. Brown has noticeably improved from year to year, even game to game you can see him grow. He had some inconsistent hands early last year, but really worked through it as the season went on. He's a good route runner who makes tough underneath catches and has the speed to get deep. There isn't one part of his game that you can say he's dominant in, but there really is nothing he doesn't do pretty good. I think he comes into this season as the unquestioned #1 and a full year with McNabb healthy should see Brown reach near pro bowl status.

Who knows? It could always be Jason Avant who jumps out and shocks us...

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