Cowboys studs and duds from Preseason Week 2 vs. Chargers

Cowboys, KaVontae Turpin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Cowboys, Trysten Hill. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Stud: Trysten Hill, DT

Trysten Hill hasn’t been a popular player since joining Dallas in 2019 but he might be turning a corner finally. The third-year defensive tackle made headlines for all the wrong reasons as a rookie and then struggled with durability for his first two years in the league.

While we don’t know if he will make it through the entire season healthy, it’s plain to see Hill is playing with more confidence this season. He had three tackles on the night and continued to push the pocket. However, it was his play right before the half that really stood out.

Following Turpin’s second touchdown, Hill was able to knock the ball out of Stick’s hand. The strip-sack wasn’t enough as he also recovered the fumble, setting Dallas up on their own 15-yard line. Already up 22-10, Hill’s play allowed Davis to run in a touchdown and go up by 19 heading into the break.

Stud: Jake Ferguson, TE

Anyone who is upset at the Cowboys for not extending Dalton Schultz just needs to watch Jake Ferguson play. The rookie from Wisconsin already looks ready to make some noise as he’s put together two straight solid games.

On Saturday, he caught a two-point conversion from Cooper Rush following Dowdle’s touchdown. He added two other receptions for 29 yards, including an impressive 24-yarder in the second quarter.

Schultz is playing on the franchise tag and there’s a real chance Ferguson takes over for him in 2023; and, if this preseason is any indication, he will do just fine.