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.