Reading Roster Tea Leaves

Defensive end Jerome McDougle (right) gets one last chance tonight to make an impression before the Eagles trim their roster. (David Maialetti/Daily News file photo)

    As we said before, it's all about the remaining roster battles tonight when the Eagles host the Jets, not at all about Donovan McNabb or Brett Favre.

   The Eagles almost certainly will make some trims tomorrow, then the rest before the 6 p.m. Saturday deadline to get down to the regular-season limit of 53. On the team's Web site, Dave Spadaro gives his thoughts about players he perceives to be on the bubble. Dave is more gung-ho about third-round rookie Bryan Smith, in a crowded defensive end field, than I really am, given Smith's competition, but I know he's quick and strong, and they wouldn't have drafted him so high if they didn't like him.

   I'll say it again: It would be a terrible shame if Jerome McDougle didn't make this team, after all he has overcome, and the preseason he has had. It would also be a terrible shame to see him playing the Eagles twice a year as a New York Giant.

   Maybe Dave will do the roster cuts for us again this year, in advance of the announcement. (Hey, he was right about most of them last year, including a few surprises. But the guess here is that nobody affiliated with the team Web site is even going to be allowed to dummy in a blank list this year, before the cuts are official).

      BTW, since I mentioned the Run for Tony yesterday, and a few people at the race at least said they'd noticed, here's a link to the results. Thanks to everyone who came out. You'll note that I performed my stated task of making nearly 4/5ths of the 5k field feel confident there was someone they could beat.  I've run that race 12 years in a row, and every year, the rest of the field seems to get younger and faster. If you ran, hope you enjoyed playing DeSean Jackson to my John Lynch.