The Dallas Cowboys 2019 second-round draft pick, Defensive Tackle Trysten Hill, was a pretty big disappointment as a rookie, but things seem to be looking up for him entering Year 2. It's still way too early to get very excited, but the second-year DT is starting to turn some heads in training camp. In fact, he's even caught the attention of the Cowboys new Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
“I really like what he's done, since really the virtual meetings,” said Mike McCarthy. “He was always looking for extra work, ask a lot of questions, I've been very impressed. Only in pants one day, but I think he's off to a good start in training camp.”
After a pretty dreadful rookie season, it's encouraging to hear Trysten Hill receiving some positive feedback for a change. Those are the kind of things we would've heard when his name was mentioned last year or at any point up to now on the offseason. Instead it's usually “Cut him!”… “Trade him!”… “Release him!” Hopefully that's a thing of the past.
Sadly, Hill's lack of professionalism and maturity likely played a large part in his lack of production last year. It even got him sent home by Jason Garrett after he showed up late to a team meeting. The good news is that could all be behind him, at least that's what Tyrone Crawford seems to think.
“Trigger Trey, man. That guy is an animal. A lot of last year was just him growing up and growing into a pro. Now, with this offseason work and his mindset and mentality coming into this thing, I've seen him become a pro right before my eyes. We've had a lot of good conversation so far over some meals, and I can see it in him. He's focused, he's hungry and he wants it. He's got some good opportunities ahead of him, and I just hope he takes advantage of them. I love my young guys and I want to see them do the best they can.”
According to Tyrone Crawford, it certainly sounds as if Trysten Hill is approaching his second year with the Dallas Cowboys with much more focus and professionalism. If that is indeed the case, I wouldn't be surprised if he had a breakout season in 2020.
I'll not deny I was behind the Cowboys selection of Hill in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Yes there were some red flags, mostly maturity concerns, but his talent and athleticism outweighed any of those risks in my opinion. You don't find many DTs his size that can move the way he does.
I don't know where you stand, but I still have pretty high expectations Trysten Hill will become a starting caliber DT with the Dallas Cowboys. It's up to him to seize his opportunity and put it all together, however, it certainly looks as if it's up to him to sink or swim with Gerald McCoy no longer inked as the starter.