When the Patriots signed Waters as a free agent late in training camp, he filled an important hole at the guard position. His transition has appeared seamless. He’s played next to rookie Nate Solder and three-year veteran Sebastian Vollmer, no doubt tutoring both along the way, but also taking plenty of time to get himself up to speed on the Patriots’ offense.
“Luckily for me there was some carryover from Kansas City,” he said. “There is some stuff I definitely have to catch up on. I would definitely not want to be a guy who had to come in here without any carryover from another team. It would be difficult.”
HALEY: “I think he needs to play better. In the first two games last year – and I went back and did a bunch of review also – there were some plays that could have been worse plays, maybe some good fortune involved, which is always part of the game. I said today [that] the ball is not round, it can bounce a number of different ways, it can deflect a number of different ways. Right now, the onus falls on him because he has to make good decisions, he has to put throw the ball where it’s supposed to go when he’s throwing it, he needs to run the offense. Much like me as the head coach, he’s responsible for the offense. I’m responsible for the team, and we’ve all got to be better. But, I’m quite confident in Matt and his teammates are quite confident in him that he will do the things when needed to help us win games and be a better team.”
CASSEL: “It’s hard to explain. I think the No. 1 thing that we haven’t done this year that we did last year is take care of the football. It starts with me; it starts with anybody that’s handling the football. We’ve had a number of different turnovers. In this league, it’s a turnover-driven league, and if you’re in the minus turnover column at the end of the day, more than likely you’re going to end up with an ‘L’ at the end of the day. So, we just need to improve that, and I think that alone will help this offense and help us improve.”