Devin Thomas knows this is a big season for him. He also knows he can’t wait to get it started. After spending a week in Arizona with quarterback Donovan McNabb and fellow receivers Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly and Bobby Wade, Thomas is more upbeat and confident than in his first two seasons.

What this means for the regular season, who knows? But Thomas certainly is glad he spent a week in the desert with his new quarterback.

“That will do a huge part for us to roll into camp,” Thomas said. “We practiced our plays, had fun, got to know each other.

“The workouts definitely were tough. He introduced us to different workouts that the majority of us had not been part of, waking up early and working out and coming back at it again. I work out in the heat of Miami, but in Arizona it’s a different element with the heat and style of workout.”

They worked out from the morning into the afternoon. Then they would return in the evening around 5 p.m. for more work.

“We were passing every day for two hours, so you get a feel for his deep passes and his rhythm and the timing in our routes,” Thomas said. “It should pay dividends.”

Thomas, coming off a 25-catch season in 2009, needs to take a big step in his third season. With McNabb and coach Mike Shanahan, Thomas has more of a chance than in his first two years. He needs to produce.

“It’s a dream come true for a receiver in my position,” he said. “I haven’t had a chance to showcase my abilities. I’m chomping at the bit to finally showcase my skills.”

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