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Even though McNabb was not practicing with the team over the first three and a half days of camp, he has been working closely with Musgrave and quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson on the offense. After clashing with Mike and Kyle Shanahan in Washington last season, the open communication seems to be a welcome change.
"It's truly unique," McNabb said of his role in developing the Vikings offense. "As we know, some coaches can be stubborn. Some coaches say it's my way or no way. You become robotic. That's when you pull away from your style of play and the things that made you successful.
"But when you're on the same page with the guy or with the group or whatever, then everybody has a better understanding of each other."
McNabb had a few nice moments during a smooth first practice, including connecting with Berrian on a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of an 11-on-11 drill. He said there is still a lot of work to do, and Musgrave is happy to be able to do it on the field now, rather than just in the meeting room.
"It's not a system where we're going to sit here and say, 'Donovan didn't fit or another player didn't fit,'" Musgrave said. "We're going to customize our system to really play to their strengths.
"I think you do that not only with a veteran guy, but also with a young guy. Whether it be Donovan or Christian, we want to identify their traits that can help us win and play to their strengths."
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