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    Trysten Hill Has Something to Prove in Cowboys Training Camp

    2020 started off somewhat promising for Trysten Hill. After basically redshirting his rookie season, Hill got a fresh start under new . Hill, for his part, was showing some of the skills that made him the Cowboys pick in 2019.

    Hill showed burst and penetration off of the line of scrimmage. He showed a really strong effort as well, chasing plays from behind and stringing ball carriers toward the sideline.

    It was encouraging to see him making plays in the backfield and providing pressure as a pass rusher even if it wasn’t great play consistently. The Cowboys were getting something out of him.

    Then the bug hit and Hill was lost for the season. Like , Hill was injured in the week five game against the . Through those five games, Hill had nine total pressures and seven “stops” per .

    For perspective, Hill’s nine pressures were tied for 26th in the NFL. Not great, but tied with the Giants , San Francisco’s , and Tampa Bay’s .

    Much like the rest of the Cowboys , things weren’t great in the early part of the season. However, Trysten Hill was one of the bright spots. He certainly had areas where he had to get better but he flashed glimpses of what had everyone excited about him coming out of the 2019 .

    The made a concerted effort to address the interior this . They brought in a defensive coordinator to bring in more 1-gap principles to the defense. Relative to Trysten Hill, they added a ton of players to compete for snaps along the interior.

    in , the Cowboys added and . in the NFL Draft, they added , Chauncey Gholston (an who can play inside), and . Add those to who also showed a ton of promise in 2020 and you've got a defensive interior set up to create a lot of competition for snaps in .

    Trysten Hill will be on the roster in 2021 but his snap count is far from guaranteed. And while he has two years remaining on his rookie deal, the Cowboys could get out from under it and save just over $900,000 this year and a little more than $1 million next year.

    The Cowboys want to see Hill take the next step and be the force they thought he could be when they selected him. But he has to do just that in 2021. He’ll be faced with the challenge of returning from injury while competing with a deep group along the interior defensive line. If early 2020 is any indication, Trysten Hill will be up for the challenge.

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    VAM

    16 total tackles, zero sacks, 2 TFL in two seasons. And injured 5 games into last season. Didn’t like the pick and don’t like the player now.

    Sleeping at team meetings. Late for team meetings. Semi bust.

    The DT we drafted from UCLA will be a better player year one.

    Stephen Gregory

    I think he has a lot more to prove than just training camp or OTAs without pads.

    Jim A

    Why do I keep reading about how Hill played well? He was horrible year 1 and not much better year 2.

    Stephen Gregory

    You know the only play that I remember him on last year? It was a 15 yard personal foul keeping a drive alive that eventually put points on the board for the other team. That’s literally about the extent to how much he has made his presence known on the field just from my eye test. I don’t know, maybe other’s have a different take but I’m on board with the comments of Vam and Jim A.

    Cowboys fan

    I have to agree with John…. He played good in the 5 games he played in last year!! He wasn’t an elite DT or anything, but he definitely showed improvements from year one to year 2!! Maybe he’ll make an even bigger jump in year 3!! You can’t just give up on the kid, he didn’t even really get to play in his first year, so technically last year was his first year of getting a good amount of playing time, so it’s possible he breaks out in year 3!! So give the kid a chance!!

    Dave SC58

    I’m on the fence about Hill. I hope he can finally live up to his 2nd round expectations, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in him at this point. I like Brent Urban and Neville Gallimore, and I think they could be a good interior wall. Time will tell if the rookies have what it takes. Carlos Watkins is another player that should have been better than what he has turned out to be. I would love it if he could reinvent himself, but I wouldn’t lay money on it! I think Golston should be out on the edge. The Cowboys just don’t have GREAT prospects on their D-Line. They have what-if’s and might-be’s. However, the right combination of players should make a difference this year, compared to last. Anything would be an improvement over Dontari Poe! I was never sold on Aldon Smith either. I thought he was too slow. Randy Gregory will be a big improvement over Smith. Tarell Bashem will also help on the edge. I am up in the air about the rest of the edge players. Who among Bradley Anae, Ron’Dell Carter, and Dorance Armstrong will make the final roster is anybody’s guess.