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McNabb: Rhythm Comments Overblown

Donovan McNabb gave an honest assessment of the state of the team's offense heading into the regular season, and shot down any notion of a quarterback controversy with Michael Vick.

"I know with everything that's going on right now, people are searching to find something," McNabb said of his remarks about getting the rhythm of the offense going without Vick during the Jaguars game. "It's blown way out of proportion."

McNabb said the addition of Vick will bring a lot to the offensive.

"It's another opportunity to put pressure on the defense," he said. "It's definitely going to help us out in so many ways. It's definitely going to help out with Westbrook. It's definitely going to help out everybody.

"You're talking about a defense that scored a lot of points last year and now we're adding more to it."

Speaking of Westbrook, McNabb is not worried about any drop in production from the 30-year-old running back.

"We know, for Brian, when the time comes he's going to be there," McNabb said. "I'm not concerned at all."

McNabb is also excited that most of the offensive line is back in place heading into the regular season.

"Up front, we've pretty much got everyone back," he said. It's good to have Shawn back. Winston Justice has been playing well. It's tough to get lose a guy like Todd, but Max, as well as Nick will do a great job for us."

He's also been impressed with the improvement of Jeremy Maclin since coming into camp.

"I think he can," McNabb said when asked if Maclin were ever needed to be thrust into a starting role because of injuries. "We've seen Maclin catch balls and break tackles."

McNabb is thrilled with the talent at the receiver position, and acknowledges the difficulty of cutting the roster down to 53 with the regular season approaching.

"A lot of different things have been happening at our receiver position," McNabb said. "It's a tough decision they have to make."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:10 p.m., August 31

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