Dallas Week: WR TY Hilton looks to make his Cowboys debut in Week 16 matchup vs. Eagles
After passing on the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes, the Dallas Cowboys settled on 33-year-old wideout TY Hilton with the hope that he can help their middling passing attack.
The veteran pass catcher sat out of Dallas’ contest against Jacksonville, but it appears he’s set to make his Dallas debut on Christmas Eve when our Philadelphia Eagles come to town.
When speaking with the Dallas media Tuesday afternoon, Hilton told reporters that he “feels good” entering Week 16. “I got the offense down pat,” he said. “I’ve been studying 10 hours a day, so I got that down. I feel good.”
In 2021, Hilton started nine games for the Indianapolis Colts. He totaled 23 receptions for 331 yards and three touchdowns. It looked like Hilton’s career was over after 2021. And if it weren’t for the uncertainty surrounding OBJ’s health, he’d probably still be at home.
But don’t tell Hilton that, he still believes he can be a legitimate weapon for Dak Prescott. “You have to respect me,” he told reporters. “I can still run so if you think you’re just gonna come up there and play press man-to-man and not get ran by, then you’re crazy.”
I’m not sure if Hilton is aware of who he’s going to face in his Cowboys debut. Even looking at it through an unbiased lense, the Eagles cornerback group should have their way with Hilton, especially if they decide to press him at the line.
Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Avonte Maddox all rank inside the top-25 at the cornerback position, per Pro Football Focus. The Eagles have the best pass defense in football this season, holding opponents to just 172.4 yards through the air per contest. They’ve only surrendered 18 passing touchdowns on the year while recording 15 interceptions. Not to mention, they also lead the league in sacks with 55.
The Cowboys passing offense is average at best. They rank 17th in total passing offense this year, averaging a hair over 217 yards per game.
Prescott, in particular, has been pretty bad this season. He holds the highest interception rate in the NFL at 3.9 percent while totaling 17 touchdowns to 11 picks in nine starts. His 93.8 passer rating is the second-worst mark of his career.
A 33-year-old TY Hilton isn’t going to magically fix Dallas’ woes in the passing game. Sorry.
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