Green Bay Packers 2018 roster preview: Davon House

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What can we expect from Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House in 2018?

A free agent this offseason, the Green Bay Packers made the decision to re-sign Davon House to a one-year, $1 million deal.

His return to Green Bay last year didn’t go as well as they had hoped, but he still offers experience to a young secondary.

2017 stats

Playing in 12 games, House made 44 tackles, one sack and one interception, which strangely enough is the exact numbers he posted for the Packers back in 2013. He did it in four fewer games this time around.

2017 review

Returning to Green Bay after two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it wasn’t a great homecoming for House. The Packers desperately needed help in their secondary, but unfortunately the defense still struggled even with House back.

Bringing House back in 2017 was a low-risk move by Ted Thompson. But it wasn’t a great season for the experienced corner. Jon Meerdink of The Power Sweep summed up House’s season in his 2017 recap:

"“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.”"

It may have not been a perfect return to Green Bay for House, but the Packers’ secondary could have been even worse without him there.

Odds of making roster: 80 percent

Despite signing a new deal, it’s no guarantee House makes the final 53-man roster. That said, I still expect him to be a part of the Packers’ plans this season, but if he is outplayed by a number of the young cornerbacks on the roster, the team could decide to move on from the veteran.

2018 preview

Despite House’s struggles last season, it’s still understandable that new general manager Brian Gutekunst decided to bring him back for another year.

With a number of young cornerbacks on the roster, House, along with returning veteran Tramon Williams, offers much-needed experience in the secondary. It’s also fair to assume House will perform better in a more limited role, when he’s not being asked to regularly start. He started all 12 games he played last year.

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If House makes the 53-man roster, he will have an important role to play in Mike Pettine’s defense.