Redskins QB Donovan McNabb has invited some of his new teammates to visit Arizona for workouts that he has dubbed “Hell Week.” McNabb told The Washington Post that the sessions will be so rough and so intense, it will feel like playing in the Super Bowl.
So all participants should expect to throw up in the fourth quarter.
All right, McNabb didn’t say that exactly, but he did call it “Hell Week” because of the hot temperatures in Arizona and the demanding nature of the workouts. But really, anybody who has played any level of organized football knows exactly what “Hell Week” is.
Redskins WRs Devin Thomas, Santana Moss and Malcolm Kelly are among those expected to participate starting Monday. This is a last-chance opportunity for McNabb to work with his new receivers before training camp, which begins July 29.
“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.”
The players will conduct a grueling workout in the morning, then finish by running routes in the afternoon. The Redskins receivers will have a chance to work opposite Jets CB Darrelle Revis, a regular to the program. No word on if embattled Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, who has worked out with McNabb, will be in attendance, too.
Thomas, who’s entering his third NFL season, believes the experience will be invaluable.
“You want to get on that same page where he knows where I’m going to break out at when we’re running certain routes,” Thomas said. “Just so you can get that confidence to where we’ve done it before without the pads on and without the pressure on. So when we get in those clutch situations in games, you have that comfort level you need.”
And after a hard day’s workout, the players will get together and study the NFL rule book. Specifically the new overtime rules. And after that — air guitar!