Ah yes, Brian Waters is the most talked about player on the New England Patriots these days, because a lot rests on whether or not he will play this season. If Waters is able to play, then the Patriots have one of the best starting offensive lines in the NFL. If he isn’t, the Pats offensive line is merely above-average and has a little bit less depth and a whole lot less experience.
Mike Reiss has tweeted that Bill Belichick has confirmed that the star right guard has still not reported to the team. This comes on the heels of reports saying that his locker has been cleaned out, even though equipment was shipped to his locker earlier this week. We’ve always asked, “What’s up with Brian Waters?”. And the questions just keep on mounting.
Waters is such a talented veteran that he doesn’t need preparation or the offseason as we saw last year. Even while reporting to the team just before the first game of the season, he still ended up fine and was one of the best guards in the NFL last season (again).
The thing is, Waters would probably have retired by now instead of letting all of this stuff go on. I mean, if you were a 35-year-old future Hall of Famer, wouldn’t you retire in the peace of the offseason? Or, at least, earlier and leave with more class? It’s all interesting stuff, and I still think that there is more of a chance that Waters reports to the team at some point than him retiring. Nobody is going to judge him either way, but we would all love to have the top pass blocking RG on board. Credit Belichick and the Pats for their patience, and I hope it pays off.
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