Garrett talks Cowboys guard rotation

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was not ready to commit to a full-time workload for Brian Waters on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, but the veteran guard impressed the coach.

“He’s a pro,” Garrett said. “He’s played a lot of football in this league. The six Pro Bowls didn’t happen by accident. He’s a good football player. He’s a good athlete. He’s strong. He’s quick, and I think he’s getting himself back into football shape, not only the conditioning part but also just having his feet and hands where they need to be and comfortably and instinctively. The more he plays, the better he’ll get.”

Garrett said Mackenzy Bernadeau also performed well. Bernadeau played 46 snaps. Waters played 18, with two series of work in each half.

Bernadeau has started all 18 games he has played for the Cowboys. Late last season, the Cowboys rotated Doug Free and Jermey Parnell at right tackle after Free struggled.

“It’s good to see Waters get out there and get some reps,” Bernadeau said. “He’s a stout player. You never want to rotate. You want to keep that rhythm and be in 100 percent of the time as much as you can, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Between series, Bernadeau and Waters exchanged tips.

“He’s my teammate,” Bernadeau said. “We’re here to compete to win. If there are pointers you can give to help, you do it, and just go about the business of the game.”