Lack of weapons in Washington makes McNabb a dud

Posted Sept. 13, 2010 @ 2:50 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

The biggest trade of the offseason saw QB Donovan McNabb go from Philadelphia to Washington. But while the Redskins had hoped McNabb would be the answer to their offensive woes, that wasn't the case in Week One.

In McNabb's first start with his new club, the 33-year-old QB did not lead Washington on any touchdown drives, and he finished with just 171 yards through the air and 17 on the ground. Although it won't get much attention because of the 'Skins' thrilling victory over the Cowboys, McNabb's debut was nothing to write home about.

As expected, he showed an instant rapport with TE Chris Cooley, who had six catches for 80 yards and the team's long reception of the night (24 yards). WR Santana Moss also was productive, hauling in six catches for 77 yards. Both of them should be good weekly fantasy plays as consistent pass catchers.

The problem for McNabb is that after Cooley and Moss, he has nobody to throw to. No other Redskin had more than one reception Sunday night, and when Anthony Armstrong is the guy McNabb is targeting in the endzone, you know there's a problem.

Unlike in Philly, where he had weapons galore, McNabb's complete lack of reliable receivers is likely going to limit him all season. In standard one-QB leagues, he doesn't belong in starting lineups most weeks.