The Redskins will open training camp in Ashburn, Virginia, on July 29, but Donovan McNabb and some of his teammates are getting a head start.
Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that receivers Devin Thomas, Santana Moss and Malcolm Kelly are among the players who have accepted McNabb’s invitation to spend this week in Arizona for an intense series of workouts in the desert heat.
“I think it’s important for the specialists on the offense to have that chemistry, to have that bond,” McNabb said, “where they can trust me and I can trust them.”
McNabb calls the workouts — which he also did with teammates in Philadelphia — “hell week.”
“It’s a different mindset,” McNabb said. “I prepare guys the way I prepare.”
For some players, a week of relaxation might make more sense than a week of hell right before the start of camp, but Thomas is among those expressing excitement at the opportunity to get extra work in.
“Can’t nothing but good come out of the situation when you go out and work out with your quarterback before the season starts,” Thomas said. “It’s a great time to build that chemistry without the coaches being there. You just get a little of that extra bonding time to lead into training camp.”