Packers 2017 Recap: CB Davon House

Davon House’s departure from Green Bay was a no-brainer. The Jacksonville Jaguars were willing to throw gobs of money at the former fourth round pick and House was right to take it.

Three years later, it seemed like just as much of a no-brainer to bring House back to Green Bay. An experienced corner with above average measurables and experience in Dom Capers’s system seemed like a slam dunk, if only because he’d be as close to a plug and play player as anyone could hope for.

2017 Stats

  • Appeared in 12 games with 12 starts (659 snaps on defense, 46 on special teams)
  • Recorded 37 solo tackles, one sack, one interception, and six passes defensed

Expectations going into the season: Moderate
Expectations were: Not Met

Analysis: House shows you can’t go home

Unfortunately for both House and the Packers, a happy reunion between a player and the team who drafted him wasn’t to be.

Though House went about his business with the class and professionalism characteristic of his first stint in Green Bay, his on-field performance left much to be desired.

Regularly a step slow, House allowed himself to get beat deep too often. He didn’t get his hands on the ball with any kind of regularity and even his lone interception was a result of a bad decision by Drew Brees.

House’s presence in the secondary may also have been a limiting factor for the team’s younger defensive backs. Dom Capers always preferred to play experience over youth, and House’s mere presence on the roster may have prevented younger defensive backs like Lenzy Pipkins and Donatello Brown from getting more of a chance.

Signing House was totally worth a shot. Mid- and low-tier veteran free agent signings have been few and far between for too long in Green Bay and House was a step towards changing that. But although the signing was conceptually sound, the results on the field left much to be desired.