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Trysten Hill Has Something to Prove in Cowboys Training Camp

2020 started off somewhat promising for . 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 .

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 , 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 . If early 2020 is any indication, Trysten Hill will be up for the challenge.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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