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McNabb bonds with wide receivers as he adjusts to Redskins

The process of adjusting to a new setting and a new offense has continued for Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb this weekend and the veteran said he is beginning to settle in to both new aspects of his career.

McNabb is charged with helping to resurrect a Redskins offense that has lacked in production in recent years, and will do so in a new system under the charge of coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Perhaps one of the most important parts of that process will be the continued development of wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, two members of a crowded group of receivers competing for space on the roster this weekend.

McNabb said he has made it a focus to develop a relationship with the two during the offseason training program.

"It's really a lot dealing with in the weight room, out here on the field running and then spending time throwing after we run," McNabb said. "And then what we'll do is sometimes we'll go to lunch and just kind of get together, get to know each other away from the game. I think that's very important in everything that you do because that builds a lot of trust and a big bond for certain situations. And these guys are willing to learn, they're all willing to get better and I'm doing the same myself so that helps in so many ways."

While the growth and production from the receiving corps will be vital to the big-play ability of the offense, McNabb also touched on two other areas that will be key as the players learn the new system: tight end and running back.

With proven running backs Clinton Portis, Willie Parker and Larry Johnson all on the roster, McNabb expressed confidence that a successful running game "opens it up for big plays downfield."

McNabb also pointed to the success the Houston Texans had with tight end Owen Daniels under Kyle Shanahan last season and said the use of tight ends Chris Cooley and Fred Davis could be a major strength in the passing game. In fact, he said they are "two of the best tight ends -- not only just in the NFC as far as the tandem is concerned, but up there in the league."

"Two athletic guys that can block as well as get out and catch the ball," McNabb said. "The success that Houston had last year with Owen Daniels before he got hurt is something we'd like to do in this offense as well as what we did with Brent Celek [in Philadelphia], as well as what Dallas does with [Jason] Witten. When you have guys like that you want to try to give them an opportunity to make plays for you and they definitely can do that.

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 8, 2010; 4:16 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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moo

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article in this week's Sporting News. DeSean Jackson didn't seem too upset about McNabb leaving. Hopefully their loss is our game. I gotta think simply having McNabb here and healthy adds 4-5 wins to last year's debacle. Shanny and his son should be worth one or two more. That adds up to 10-11 wins and spot in the playoffs!

Posted by: rich20ssu | May 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else wondering why Moss didn't have his knee scoped 6 months ago? This seems odd.

Posted by: zornskins2 | May 8, 2010 3:18 PM

ehhhhh....6 months ago, the season was still going on.....


Actually, by December 8th I am pretty much sure that everyone knew that the season was over, despite a few remaining games on the schedule.

He could have done it 5 months ago, if you want to be such a stickler about it.

Posted by: zornskins2 | May 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

moo

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:19 PM |

Don't you mean moost?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

re moss's surgery:
how do we know he didn't do it months ago? all we've read here is that it happened during the offseason.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Early buzz on Trent Williams? He's a 'work in progress'"


He's got May, June, and July to get his game tight.

The major focus, though, should be the Class of '08 receivers--D Thomas/M Kelly.

The line has adequate tackle protection,and the line overall will be much improved.

But you have to hope the team didn't add McNabb only to have him try to conduct a passing game with Moss/Cooley and 2 receivers who just aren't ready for prime time....

....after 3 years.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 8, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

kinda avoids the beep-beep confusion and stuff.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:02 PM

Sorry about the confusion. Every once in a while I get tired of my screen name. I've had three of them in three years or so of blogging. I'm always open about the changes and have never tried to deceive anyone.

This confusion should not be lumped together with the anger that Chia_Pet brings. He uses multiple handles, sometimes in the same thread, and admits to none of it. He's posed as a black woman -- Risa_L -- to harass Lisa_R and spout racist hate. He's posed as a German Nazi, Rotfrau, again to advance racist prejudices. He's got a couple of other handles -- debaitor is one and he's behind a lot of the other troll handles like monkeymayonaise, blackbagops, etc.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 8, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

aren't "moost" those things with huge antlers that roam around the mountains of northern Idaho? tasty eating by the way.

really, the "moo" at the top of the list is just my way of calling out to the rest of the lost and wandering herd.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

scamp -- You out on the left coast with the family and living in the new house now?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

re moss's surgery:
how do we know he didn't do it months ago? all we've read here is that it happened during the offseason.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 8, 2010 4:27 PM |

Actually, I believe if you read closely it says he has been rehabbing for 3 months.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | May 8, 2010 4:29 PM

no, no, no... understood completely about the difference between you and trolls, and would be willing to change my own name for the right price. but nobody was willing to step up to that level, and there is something to be said about maintaining a reputable handle. so I think Romo's counter-offer was fair, we just need to decide on the signature to be attached at the end of the loser's posts.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

and beep-beep... beeps.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

scamp -- You out on the left coast with the family and living in the new house now?

Posted by: beep-beep | May 8, 2010 4:30 PM |

In the process of moving. We just got back to Ohio so we could pack up the house. We were out there all last week taking care of the job situation, finding day care, etc etc.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

re moss's surgery:
how do we know he didn't do it months ago? all we've read here is that it happened during the offseason.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 8, 2010 4:27 PM |
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Moss got the surgery shortly after the season ended then it got infected or irritated and he's been rehabbing it.

Posted by: clark202 | May 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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