It would come as no surprise to learn that the leaders in defensive snap counts for the Green Bay Packers secondary are their four starters. M.D. Jennings (147), Jerron McMillian (145), Tramon Williams (137), and Sam Shields (130) lead the way.
Davon House may have finally turned the corner, and seems to be ascending into a nice addition to the defensive secondary based on his two-game showing so far this season. House is solid covering his man on the perimeter. Injured most of his rookie season, he did see more action in his second year (2012) when he was medically able to get on the field. He appeared in nine games overall including five starts. His efforts netted 18 tackles (17 solo), 1 sack with 13 passes defensed.
Now healthy, this season House has 7 tackles and 1 sack. At first glance one might ask why isn’t a fourth round pick that has been in the system for three years with tremendous physical skills can’t beat out all of these undrafted free agents in front of him?
The answer is he is only competing against Shields, Williams and Bush, as they are the outside (perimeter) cover corners.
The remaining CB position is slot corner, one who covers from the inside, and a position where the corner normally has limited speed. Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward (when healthy) man that position. So basically House is behind Williams and Shields (no shame in that), and is ahead Bush, meaning House is about where he was projected to be from the beginning.
He has excellent size at 6-1, 195 pounds, and he can play up close and personal, or play off in coverage. Now is the time for House to step up and show us all what he has been telling us he can do for the last two years.
Having gotten beat deep several times, humbling him a bit, he still seems to have the confidence to go out and perform. In week one against the 49ers, he played excellent on special teams, showing his speed and ability to be physical.
In week two as he saw an increase in playing time with the defense, House was part of a unit that held a 31-0 lead before the Redskins converted a third down. It would appear his star is continues to rise.
The old adage says, you can never have too many corners, and House to me looks like a keeper.
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