Everybody in the Metroplex did a backflip when the Dallas Cowboys reached an agreement with free agent guard Brian Waters, even though most realized he probably wouldn’t play right away like he did with the New England Patriots in 2011. The move was an almost panic-like one for the Cowboys, whose offensive line looked to be held together by duct tape entering the opener. However, Dallas’ o-line looked pretty solid against the New York Giants‘ tough defensive front, but that’s not the only reason the Cowboys should wait at least one more week before putting Waters on the field.
Cowboys owners and general manager Jerry Jones told KRMD-FM in Dallas on Wednesday there’s “a chance” Waters could play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 after his “amazing” showing in practice thus far. But even if Waters thinks he’s able to play at a Pro Bowl level right off the bat like he did in 2011, why risk it?
That’s not to say Mackenzy Bernadeau was great in Week 1, but he played way better than anyone expected him to against the Giants. So against a Chiefs defense that’s not nearly as tough as New York’s, why not see if that was a fluke while also allowing Waters one more week to get game-ready?
Putting Waters back on the field too early would be a huge injury risk by the Cowboys, who should be able to beat the Chiefs with or without their newest offensive lineman on the field. Plus, it would be way more beneficial for Waters’ first game as a Cowboy to come at home in Week 3 against a St. Louis Rams team that looked extremely resilient in Week 1.
In short, waiting at least one more week gives the Cowboys a chance to further evaluate Bernadeau while also allowing Waters to get as prepared as possible for this latest chapter of his NFL career. As the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. But the Cowboys have never been the league’s most patient team.