Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said linebacker Omar Gaither remains a big part of the defense regardless of the signing of Jeremiah Trotter.

"His impact on this team will not change," McDermott said of Gaither.

That seems to indicate that McDermott might take it slow with Trot this week. "It's one step at a time with Jeremiah," he said. Trotter said that all indications are he will play a strong role on first and second down, especially with the Bucs being so run-oriented.

Linebacker Tracy White also will see some time in the nickel, the Eagles trying to do better against tight ends. White called Kellen Winslow Jr. "a big, fast tight end" who will require special attention.

On offense, coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said a big offensive focus will be to "know where Ronde Barber is." Barber ran two Donovan McNabb picks back for touchdowns in the last meeting, 3 years ago, and of course, ran one all the way back in the NFC Championship Game that closed Veterans Stadium in 2003.

Mornhinweg reiterated what Andy Reid has said about accomodating both Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy into the gameplan.

More to come ...