Newly acquired offensive guard Brian Waters is expected to be ready to play by next week’s game. If he is ready to go next week, we should see an immediate impact. Waters is a six time Pro Bowl guard and is a much better blocker than the Dallas Cowboys current right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau.
In week one the Cowboys’ offensive line did really well against the New York Giants’ pass rush. I did, however, notice a few times when Bernadeau was blown off the line resulting in pressure getting to Tony Romo. Romo suffered a scare late in the first half when he went down with a rib injury. If you look at the play, you can see that there was pressure, again, coming from Bernadeau’s man. Romo is too valuable to this organization and he must be protected. He cannot take hits like that, especially this early in the season.
I think the Cowboys did a really good job upgrading their offensive line in the offseason. Rookie center Travis Frederick did a really good job anchoring this line. Even with Bernadeau struggling, Frederick held his own and kept his man away from Romo. Left guard Ronald Leary also did a good job in the first start of his career.
When Waters is put into the starting lineup, I think this line is going to be a solid unit. With a solid line, the Cowboys are going to excel in the running game and Romo is going to have an easier time finding open receivers downfield. I am looking forward to seeing Waters on the field next week.