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McNabb Finally Ready To Play


Eagles fans booed Donovan McNabb on the day he was drafted. On Sunday, McNabb heard his first cheers from Philadelphia fans on his first day of training camp.

"It was rewarding to hear the fans cheer and clap for every completion that I had," McNabb said. "They seemed to get excited about it. That helps out all the players."

McNabb, taken with the second overall pick in the April 17 draft, completed a hectic weekend with a strong first day of practice with the Eagles.

McNabb and the Eagles agreed to terms Friday on a seven-year contract worth $54 million, including an $11.3 million signing bonus, but it wasn't until late Saturday that the 32-page contract was approved by the league offices and signed by McNabb.

With that behind him, McNabb stepped onto the field for the first time in training camp Sunday, intent on showing he was worth the high selection and big money.

"I think it went well. Just coming out and I felt very comfortable throwing with the receivers and getting our timing back together," he said.

McNabb knows he has a lot of work to do.

"I don't feel like it's going to take me long to catch up," he said. "I think the timing is pretty low right now. The receivers I worked out with (when he was unsigned) didn't have the speed or the route running that these guys have.

"It's just an adjustment period that you go through when you report to camp. I'm patient and I'm just going to continue working on my conditioning."

Coach Andy Reid gave McNabb plenty of practice reps, mostly with the second unit, behind starting quarterback Doug Pederson.

"I'm glad he's in, I'm glad he's working," Reid said. "We're catching him up on this thing. We're just working him right into the rotation. There were a lot of throws he had a chance to complete and they were either off the receiver's body or in a position where that receiver couldn't catch the football.

"The thing that I liked was, he finished strong. He came out and he was tired and that arm was tired and he worked that last series there and finished with some completions."
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