Terrell Thomas’ first reaction to the Eagles’ trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins was, like most of the rest of us, shock. Trading a Pro Bowl quarterback within the division? To a team that becomes an instant playoff contender with him under center? Totally nuts.

His second thought, though, was how it affects him and the Giants. And that’s the part he liked.

“I think they lost their edge,” he said of the McNabb-less Eagles this morning before hitting the links with some pals in California. “It makes them a team that’s easier for us to beat.”

Thomas said he thought that the Eagles’ recent success against the Giants – Philly has won the last four meetings against the Giants, including a divisional playoff game upset at the end of the 2008 season – was because of McNabb’s familiarity with the Giants defense. Now, as Thomas pointed out, they are relying on a lot of young players like Kevin Kolb and DeSean Jackson to make the offense run.

“All of those guys have under five years (experience),” Thomas said. “That was my biggest point. They’re putting the ball in somebody’s hands who is unproven. We’ll see how it turns out.”

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Unproven isn’t always bad, as the Giants know. They went into last season with unproven receivers and they wound up being one of the few bright spots for the team.

As for still having to face McNabb twice a year, only now with the Redskins, Thomas said he’s looking forward to the challenge and noted that he has yet to have an interception off McNabb.

“I’m excited to play them,” he said. “It makes them that much better as a team.”

“I never thought that Washington’s problem was quarterback play, but you put a leader in there with Shanahan’s offense …. that makes them a contender,” Thomas said before adding a word of advice for the Redskins based on his own experiences.

“I hope they don’t fall into the same thing we did last year and look at the paper and don’t put the work in.”