Jets-Eagles means more to some

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb won't take another snap until it matters. Chad Pennington might not either.

It doesn't mean there won't be plenty at stake when the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Jets in their last preseason game Thursday night.

Some players are fighting for starting jobs. Others are trying to secure roster spots. A few are hoping to prove they belong somewhere in the NFL.

"These guys are truly getting focused to go out and get a good showing, to show either for the Eagles, or whoever across the league that may be watching, so they can continue to have a job," McNabb said. "Believe me, it's a tough time."

While McNabb and other regulars watch safely from the sidelines, the coaching staff will get a last chance to evaluate players and make important decisions before final cuts are announced Saturday.

For the Eagles, there's strong competition at punter between incumbent Dirk Johnson and Australian football star Sav Rocca. Former U.S. Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom isn't guaranteed he'll make the team as a return specialist. Wide receiver Greg Lewis is getting a chance to return punts, which could increase his chances of sticking around.

The Jets will give quarterbacks Marques Tuiasosopo and Brad Smith one more opportunity to win the No. 3 job behind Pennington and Kellen Clemens. The versatile Smith should make the team either way.

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