What to watch in Eagles-Patriots

Three Things to Watch in Friday's preseason game at New England:

1. DeSean Jackson: He’ll be starting at wideout, with Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown sidelined. Maybe the rookie can help quell the general wideout panic.

2. Hank Baskett: See above. Baskett will split time on the other side with fellow wide receiver Greg Lewis, whose upside and downside are well known by now. But the idea that Baskett might still be more than a bit player still lingers, especially with Baskett having a strong training camp.

3. Asante Samuel: Oh ,yeah, Asante Samuel returning to Foxborough to face the Patriots. That would have been a fairly big deal if Kevin Curtis hadn’t gotten hurt. And if Samuel had been willing to talk to reporters about it this week. Still looking for proof that the hamstring is OK.

For an opposing view of what the folks in Beantown are checking out tonight, here is this from the Boston Herald.

So, what will you be looking for?

And, if you are looking ahead to the regular season, Rams running back Stephen Jackson, who ended his holdout yesterday, insists he will be ready for the opener against the Eagles. "I definitely believe so," Jackson told reporters. "I promised (Rams President of Football Operations and General Manager) Mr. (Jay) Zygmunt and Coach (Scott) Linehan that I am in great shape. I'm physically in shape. I just have to get used to the hits."