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Cowboys veteran Waters ready for starting role at guard

Acquired before the first game, Brian Waters is ready to take on a starting role for the Cowboys.

IRVING, Texas –Cowboys veteran guard Brian Waters appears ready to start at right guard on Sunday in San Diego.


Waters, a last-minute addition before the season opener, has split time with Mackenzy Bernadeau the last two games while working himself back into football shape.


On Wednesday, Waters took snaps with the first team during practice.


"My plan was to try to get there as fast as possible and allow the coaches to do their job, let them manage it," Waters said. "My job was to be prepared to do whatever I needed to do. If Week One they'd asked me to play, I would have did what I could."


Waters said after Sunday's win over the Rams that he could have played the entire game. Instead, he rotated series with Bernadeau.


However, he wasn't ready to say he's all the way back to top form.


"I've still got a ways to go," Waters said. "I mean, that's just the way I'm going to always look at it. I'm going to always be my hardest critic."


Waters has made some concessions to age, but not to effectiveness.


"I'm out here, I'm competing my butt off. I'm healthy. I have a lot of experience," Waters said. "Obviously I'm not young or as athletic as I used to be, but I still feel like I have enough weapons. And they wouldn't put me out there if they didn't feel that I could be successful."


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