Defensive tackle Trysten Hill is entering his fourth season with the Dallas Cowboys. After the Cowboys traded their 2019 first-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders to acquire Amari Cooper, Hill was the pick for Dallas in the second round, despite the outpouring for safety help at the time.
It hasn’t been the smoothest road for Hill in Dallas, and with several additions to the interior of the defensive line the last few seasons, the competition is at an all-time high. 2022 is a contract year for Hill and it’s time for him to show why he was brought in to boost the trenches for the Cowboys on defense.
Hill’s career with the Cowboys got off to a rocky start as he was declared inactive for nine games. In the seven games, he appeared in, there wasn’t much to get excited about as Hill only registered four tackles in 121 snaps.
In 2020, Hill started to show he could be a player, at least for a little while. The former UCF Knight began the season as the starter at the three-technique after veteran Gerald McCoy was lost for the season with a torn quadriceps injury. Unfortunately for Hill, in the same game quarterback, Dak Prescott had his season ended, Hill suffered a torn ACL against the New York Giants in Week 5, halting all the momentum he had built.
Hill was placed on the PUP list (physically unable to perform) to start the 2021 season. He didn’t make an appearance until Week 9. It was another underwhelming campaign for Hill as he would only see action in six games.
Throughout his three seasons with the Cowboys, Hill has only played in 18 games. He’s amassed a dismal 27 tackles and a half-sack with eight quarterback hits over that span. That’s not even close to what the Cowboys or any organization wants from a second-round pick over three years.
Hill making an impact in 2022 won’t be easy. The Cowboys already had quite a few bodies on the interior of their defensive line with Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa, and Quinton Bohanna on the roster. Add in the re-signing of Carlos Watkins and the fifth-round selection of John Ridgeway less than two weeks ago, Hill has a plethora of players to contend with to make his presence felt and to earn a second contract with the Cowboys.
That’s not to say that Trysten Hill can’t do just that. He is a very talented player with a quick first step off the line of scrimmage, possesses a high motor, and can use his power to shed blocks and make plays for minimal gains. Hill just has to show that he can consistently do that, and if he’s able to, there’s a good chance the Cowboys would want to run it back with a new deal seeing as they value their in-house guys more than outside free agents.
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