Brian Waters gets ready to start

IRVING, Texas -- The last time Brian Waters started a game was Super Bowl XLVI for the New England Patriots.

Waters, after missing a year from football, received some first-team snaps in practice on Wednesday and is on target to start Sunday's Week 4 game against San Diego. Nothing is official, but Waters working with the first team is a strong indication he will take over for Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard.

"That's the goal, just to make it through a whole game," Waters said after Wednesday's practice. "We'll see how it goes. Mac is going to be ready to go and I think we're all confident that he'll be ready to go if anything happens."

Before Waters could start, he had to work on his conditioning and techniques in the pass and run game. Last week, Waters said he wanted to work on his footwork in the run game and it showed as he was part of an offensive line that helped the running game get 193 yards in a victory over the St. Louis Rams.

It's not the first time Waters took time off from the game. Waters missed all of training camp in 2011 and was cut by Kansas City before the start of training camp. He signed a with the New England just days before the start of the regular season and played all 16 games in 2011.

"It was a bigger layoff and I had a lot more familiarly with their system in New England," Waters said in comparing layoffs from the game. "I had just worked with Charlie Weis the year before, so I had a lot more familiarly with the system, so it was a lot easy to transition. With the system here, I've had to learn a lot more but lucky for me I play offensive line so there's not a lot of differences in the calls and so much the plays."