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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of on Monday, and capped it off by to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a “one year wonder” of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 and 19 hits as a in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles . Last season, under new Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a “one year wonder” who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys as they look to re-tool their , and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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James A. Howerton

Yes, I agree that this is a smart signing. If, like you stated, he regains his form then Dallas has an excellent DL they can move around and take advantage of his talent. If not, then the Cowboys don’t have a lot of money tied up in him and they can move along.

Ethan Chazin

if goodell suspends tyrone crawford for bar room brawl and tank decides to hold out only woods, ross, collins and charlton will be returning D linemen. S-C-A-R-Y!!!

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