Trysten Hill has been sort of an enigma since joining the Cowboys in 2019. He was selected in the second round, and the thought was that he would provide some stability for the Cowboys in a much-needed area, defensive tackle.
That hasn’t been the case for Hill during his first three seasons. In May, we talked about how Hill needed to step up as he entered a contract season in 2022. According to ESPN, Hill is in danger of not being on the Cowboys due to an uncertain role for the foreseeable future.
Per ESPN‘s Todd Archer:
“Hill, a former second-round draft pick, is entering the final year of his rookie deal and has yet to make much of an impact. Some of that is injury. He missed 22 games over the past two seasons because of a knee injury suffered in 2020. While the Cowboys like to use a rotation along their defensive line, Hill will be fighting it out with Neville Gallimore and Osa Odighizuwa for playing time at the 3-technique, and coordinator Dan Quinn isn’t opposed to using defensive ends on the interior. Depending on how he performs in the preseason, Hill could become a trade possibility, but there doesn’t appear to be a role for him beyond 2022, which makes him expendable.”
The best ability for any player in availability, and Hill hasn’t flourished in that department with the Cowboys. As a rookie, he appeared in just seven games and produced an underwhelming five tackles in 121 snaps. After Gerald McCoy suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in 2020 during training camp, Hill was named the starter at 3-tech. However, Hill went down with a torn ACL in Week 5 and only registered 11 tackles and three quarterback hits.
Last season was thought to be Hill’s shot to make a name for himself. Much like the previous two seasons, Hill wasn’t impactful as he only played in six games and totaled 11 tackles and a half-sack.
Hill has played in only 18 out of a possible 50 games for the Cowboys, logging just five starts (all in 2020). Second-round picks are expected to contribute, early in most cases. So far in his NFL career, Hill has been more of a mystery than a reliable player on the Cowboys’ defense.
Talent isn’t the issue with Hill. There have been some flashes like his performance against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving last season as he looked quick off the ball and showed signs of having a high motor. However, missing 32 games in three seasons has made Hill one of if not the biggest disappointment on the Cowboys’ roster over the last several years.
As training camp vastly approaches, Hill will have eyes on him more than ever as his future with the Cowboys hangs in the balance.
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