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McNabb feels 'like a freshman' in his first minicamp with Redskins

While it's a new environment and new uniform colors, with new teammates and coaches around him, the feeling is actually a slightly familiar one for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"I feel like a freshman just getting into college," he said Sunday, after the final practice of the team's first minicamp. "You spend extra time studying at night so when you do come here, you can win the guys over by knowing what you're seeing and being able to get the ball to different guys."

McNabb has remained in town since he was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago, lifting weights and spending time daily at Redskins Park. He'll now take a week off to return to his home in Arizona but plans on to return to Washington the following week (with a May 7-9 minicamp). "I expect to be here with these guys," he said. "We have a long ways to go."

McNabb said the minicamp was important for the team. He's obviously not the only one learning a new offensive system. The team has acquired several new offensive pieces - Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Artis Hicks - but even players returning from last season must learn the new offense, devised by Mike Shanahan and his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan.

"I use it as kind of a mental weekend of being able to get accustomed in the offense, surrounded with the guys and just make sure we worked a lot on chemistry and timing and communication. I think that's very important in this offense, of the success that they had in Houston," McNabb said. "Hopefully we can mirror that."

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Comments

ts conjecture Mohammed. Do you really think there is a link available with absolutes 4 days before the draft?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 18, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I never thought of Houston as having an explosive offense. Kinda the same when Al Saunders came from Kansas City. Heard all this noise about offensive creativity but all I saw was wr's shifting before the snap. Hopefully, Shanny Jr. can deliver some offensive excitement.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I never thought of Houston as having an explosive offense. Kinda the same when Al Saunders came from Kansas City. Heard all this noise about offensive creativity but all I saw was wr's shifting before the snap. Hopefully, Shanny Jr. can deliver some offensive excitement.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

With the Texans league-high 4,770 passing yards, the sixth-highest total in NFL history you didn't know that was an explosive offense? Ummm ok.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | April 18, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I never thought of Houston as having an explosive offense. Kinda the same when Al Saunders came from Kansas City. Heard all this noise about offensive creativity but all I saw was wr's shifting before the snap. Hopefully, Shanny Jr. can deliver some offensive excitement.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

With the Texans league-high 4,770 passing yards, the sixth-highest total in NFL history you didn't know that was an explosive offense? Ummm ok.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | April 18, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I never thought of Houston as having an explosive offense. Kinda the same when Al Saunders came from Kansas City. Heard all this noise about offensive creativity but all I saw was wr's shifting before the snap. Hopefully, Shanny Jr. can deliver some offensive excitement.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

With the Texans league-high 4,770 passing yards, the sixth-highest total in NFL history you didn't know that was an explosive offense? Ummm ok.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | April 18, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

33 year old possible Hall of Famer, coming to the Park every day, working hard, talking about "winning guys over". And he can play. I'm liking this trade more and more. McNabb could be perfect for a team like this.

Posted by: themantoyou | April 18, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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