1) Introduction: In a contract year, Davon House needed to show that he was worth the money and produce a high-value type of season. But with the talent in front of him and his injury history, would he be able to maximize his value?
Davon Thomas House
- Age: 25
- Born: July 10, 1989 in Van Nuys, CA
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight: 195
- College: New Mexico State
- Rookie Year: 2011
- NFL Experience: 4
3) Expectations coming into the season: House, like pretty much the entire defense, did not play well in 2013 and coming into 2014, his position was much in flux. While Sam Shields and Tramon Williams remained pretty much uncontested as the starters on the boundary, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward had all made statements in 2013 as to why they also deserved to be on the field. While House has shown glimpses of his aggressive bump and run skills, House has also been burned on occasions where receivers have managed to slip past him. For 2014, House was looking to build on a healthy 2013 where he played in all 16 games and show that he was worth reinvesting in as this was his contract year.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: House’s highlight came early in the season when he recorded two pass breakups in week 2 against the Jets and an interception in week 3 against the Lions. After that unfortunately, ineffectiveness and injuries started to take its toll; with Sam Shields still out of it from a concussion suffered in the previous week, House took over during the Falcons game and appeared to be the only guy on the roster capable of defending Julio Jones…until he was hurt and didn’t see a snap for the rest of the season.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Average. House is a different type of player from the rest of the Packers cornerbacks, being considerably bigger and definitely more aggressive in his play style, which does mean that he often fares a lot better against certain bigger receivers than his counterparts. Unfortunately, while he does have great size, his technique is average at best and he has been injury prone through out his career. While House is a good back to have in a secondary rotation, at this point he hasn’t shown that he is starter caliber in his 4th year.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: House did not see any snaps past week 14, which obviously includes the playoffs.
7) Intangibles: House will be an interesting resigning option. On one hand, the Packers don’t have a cornerback like him and his size and physicality have proven useful against certain receivers. On the other hand, he’s not particularly good and its not like the Packers couldn’t find a similar player in the draft. In the end, if House wants to come back on a team friendly deal the Packers might consider it, but he’s definitely on a lower priority than Bryan Bulaga or Randall Cobb.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(INC) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.