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Cowboys DT Trysten Hill Earning More Opportunities

When the came on the clock toward the end of the in the 2019 , many people expected them to consider to be a top priority at that point. For a team that had been chasing for the previous year and had several safeties in for visits, and were there for the Cowboys to draft. Instead, they opted to select .

At the time, both and talked about the importance of building a from front to back. Thus the selection of Trysten Hill.

His lack of playing time and production has put the under the spotlight, especially when Kansas City's Juan Thornhill and Los Angeles' Taylor Rapp have made significant plays for their respective teams. Just this past Sunday, both of the 2019 rookie safeties recorded interception returns for a touchdown in their teams' wins last week.

Hill has only been active for five of the Cowboys 12 games this season. With out with an the last couple of weeks, Trysten Hill's found an opportunity to play and he's taking advantage of that opportunity at a time when the Cowboys need play.

In the Day game against the , Hill had quite possibly his best game of the season with two total tackles, a for loss, and two stops per Pro .

From the beginning, Hill was dubbed a work in progress. He needed to work on playing with better leverage and a better base. Hill needed to play with better play strength, especially against double teams. According to Jason Garrett, Hill has been improving and with another opportunity for playing time this week against the , there's a chance he could see further improvement to his game.

For young players, playing time is key to development. It's one of the reasons never really worked out in Dallas. There wasn't much playing time available behind and Charlton was never able to earn snaps along the rest of the . With Woods out, there are more snaps available along the defensive line and it looks as if Hill is taking advantage of the playing time.

Hill's still looking for his first career sack, but if he continues to earn snaps, opportunities to rush the passer will come. A player with his ability to penetrate and get off the ball can't be kept out of the backfield for long. Though it would have been nice to get something out of him each week this season, it's nice that the Cowboys aren't having to wait until 2020 for their second-round pick to start providing quality snaps for them.

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Hill’s play may have improved, yes, but has his maturity and attitude improved? Let’s face some ugly truths: being late for, and falling asleep in team meetings doesn’t help his case. And first impressions, especially ugly ones, stick to you like fly paper. There may be other reasons, but I think Hill started those few games in 2019 was because the Cowboys had few options left with the Woods injury, and threw Hill in there as a SUB, not a STARTER.

But it’s still too early for a true verdict. Hill has a clean slate with a new coaching staff in place, so he’d better mature FAST, or he’ll be another Taco Charlton.

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