Packers Davon House: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction:Â When Davon House was selected by the Packers as the 131st pick (fourth round) in the 2011 NFL Draft, he was one of the lone defensive players drafted by Ted Thompson that year. After the monster season by Woodson, Williams, and Shields, he was looked at as more of a future cornerback prospect. The hopes were that he could oust the underwhelming Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood.
Davon Thomas House
- Age: 23
- Born: 07/10/1989, in Palmdale, CA
- Height: 6’1″
- Weight: 195
- College: New Mexico State
- Rookie Year: 2011
- NFL Experience: 2 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Coming into training camp, Davon House was in the heat of a battle for starting cornerback opposite Tramon Williams. His primary competition consisted of the infamous Jarrett Bush, the fallen Sam Shields, and the raw Casey Hayward. Throughout camp, House kept proving his worth and his ability in the starting role, but a shoulder injury shot that chance dead. While he would eventually be able to play with a harness, the injury would keep him out for the first six weeks of the season.
4) Playerâ€™s highlights/low-lights: The biggest highlight of Davon Houseâ€™s season was actually not as a cornerback on defense; rather, it was his punt block against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 (with only 10 men on the field, no less). Dezman Moses scooped it up for a touchdown, and it became the first blocked punt by the Packers since 2003, as well as the first one returned for a touchdown since 1990. Houseâ€™s low-light of the year was when he started against the New York Giants, playing the bigger outside receivers with Hayward in the slot. Despite giving up only five receptions on 11 targets, they were for a combined 70 yards and two touchdowns.
5) Playerâ€™s contribution to the overall team success: Davon House started easing back into the lineup in Week 7 against St. Louis. His defensive snap percentage steadily increased to 100% against the Detroit Lions and 97% against the Giants, but started falling across the next few weeks as Sam Shields started returning to action. (Shieldsâ€™ own improvement also forced the issue.) House performed adequately, allowing only 23 receptions on 45 targets with five passes defensed; however, he did allow four touchdowns in that span and an average 12.8 yards per catch. He played physically, but was overshadowed by Hayward and Shields. He missed the final few games of the season with a re-aggravation of his shoulder.
6) Playerâ€™s contributions in the playoffs:Â Davon House was inactive for both playoff games.
Season Report Card:
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C+) Contributions to teamâ€™s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: (INCOMPLETE)â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”Follow @ChadToporski