Giants fans blasting Cowboys coach over Jalin Hyatt video is totally absurd

Nov 12, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) reacts
Nov 12, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) reacts / Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Jalin Hyatt was one of several wide receivers who took a top-30 visit with the Dallas Cowboys. For weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, it seemed as though the Cowboys planned to take a receiver early. When the rubber met the road, though, they didn't take one until their final pick in the seventh round.

While most of Dallas' top-30 WR visits ended up on non-NFC East teams, the Giants drafted Hyatt after trading up in the third round.

It's great value for New York, as Hyatt was regarded as a potential first or early-second round prospect at the start of the draft process.

It's unclear why Hyatt fell as far as he did. Perhaps teams were dissuaded by Hyatt's limited route-tree at Tennessee. While he has speed that will translate to the NFL, it's worth pondering if the league took issue with the fact he saw press coverage on just 62 snaps over his three years in the Volunteers program.

Whatever the case, Cowboys WRs coach Robert Prince is taking heat from Giants fans over a conversation he had with Hyatt at Tennessee's pro day. In the video, Prince can be heard referring to "speed" as Hyatt's skillset.

Cowboys WRs coach Robert Prince under fire from Giants fans over Jalin Hyatt exchange.

It's clear Hyatt didn't take Prince's analysis to heart. Being that Prince works for the Cowboys, Giants fans immediately took the WRs coach to task. Hyatt is undoubtedly within his rights to use this as motivation, but Giants fans spinning this as if Prince meant disrespect towards the receiver is patently absurd.

"No, it didn’t bother me at all,” Hyatt said after the draft. "Coaches and — a lot of people have their own opinions on things, and I respect the Cowboys receiver coach, met with him when I went up to one of my 30 visits when I went up there.

“I have a lot of respect for him, and like I said, that’s in the past now. Draft process is in the past.”

This wasn't Prince's first rodeo working with receiver prospects. He has 32 years of coaching experience, 14 of which have come in the NFL. Further, he's coached 10 receivers to the Pro Bowl and spent 17 years in the college ranks.

Prince probably knows a thing or two about instilling motivation in players. By pegging Hyatt as a one-trick pony (a speedy deep threat), the newly-minted Giants receiver surely now has an even bigger chip on his shoulder entering the NFL and burning desire to prove he can develop into an all-around wideout.

That was Prince's only motivation here.

Too bad Giants fans couldn't see the forest for the trees and assumed he was bashing the young pass-catcher.

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