The Dallas Cowboys got plenty of scrutiny in the offseason for trading Amari Cooper for a fifth-round pick.
Many knew that move would make the Cowboys’ offense less explosive, and leave a void at wide receiver.
While the Dallas offense has been elite since Dak Prescott returned in Week 7, the Cowboys were still looking for help.
They tried to acquire Brandin Cooks at the trade deadline, also they were fully invested in the chase for Odell Beckham Jr.
But, the Cowboys decided to make a move by singing T.Y. Hilton in Week 15.
Hilton has played in two games so far with Dallas but has made a significant impact.
Despite being 33 years old, he still has the speed to get past defenders.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught a 52-yard reception on a 3rd &30.
3rd and 30… FIRST DOWN @dallascowboys
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— NFL (@NFL) December 24, 2022
That play was a total game-changer and helped Dallas come back in the final quarter.
The Cowboys have been looking for a player to take the top off a defense, and Hilton has been that.
Most times in the playoffs, the games can come down to one or two big plays.
The hope for the Cowboys is that Hilton can provide a few of those in the postseason.
CeeDee Lamb has been the unquestioned number-one receiver on the Cowboys.
But, other teams are starting to double-team him and are forcing someone else to beat them.
Hilton has the experience and route-running ability to get open.
It would not be a surprise to see Hilton take over as the Cowboys’ WR2 in the playoffs.
As long as he can stay healthy, the veteran receiver should be a difference-maker in the postseason.