Scouting Report: Brian Waters

When the Patriots heard they had a rash of injuries at the offensive guard position, New England went out and signed one of the best veteran free agents available, Brian Waters. We asked Chiefs Insider Nick Athan what to expect from Waters' game and how he might be able to help New England.

The Patriots have undergone some changes at the interior line position. The team hasn't had stability at the guard position since Stephan Neal retired.  Dan Connolly, Rich Ohrnberger, Ryan Wendell and others have taken turns, but injuries and free agency have taken their toll.  

After auditioning a number of players for the job,  the team decided to sign former Chiefs lineman Brian Waters.  Waters is an experienced veteran who helped anchor Kansas City's interior line for over a decade.  He can play multiple positions and should be able to fill in for New England.

We asked Chiefs insider Nick Athan of Warpaint Illustrated (the Chiefs site on Scout.com) to share his observations of what makes Waters the right guy for New England.   Here is Athan's scouting report:
 

"Brian Waters was an all world Guard for the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 NFL seasons.  The perennial pro bowler was the staple of the Chiefs offensive line.  Along with future Hall of Fame Guard Will Shields, the two made might be considered the best guards in the history of the franchise.  However, in the 'what have you done for me lately' world of the NFL, Waters never warmed to new Head Coach Todd Haley.  

"Though he had an All Pro season a year ago, Waters wasn't in the future plan of the Kansas City Chiefs.  When the team signed Ryan Lilja away from the Colts a year ago and drafted Illinois Guard Jon Asamoah in the 2010 NFL draft, the writing was on the wall for Waters.  At the onset of training camp, the organization released Waters and he spent the entire month of August and the early stages of September fielding offers.  He was considering a return to the Chiefs but New England was able to offer him something he didn't want to do in Kansas City, play a reserve role.

"If healthy and motivated, Waters has one more productive season in him.  But beyond 2011, I can't see where he fits long term for New England.  He's not known as a great practice player but he's a great sound byte in the locker room and he'll quickly establish himself as a leader."

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