Davon House was limited by a shoulder injury and playing with a harness last season. He played anyway and wasn’t bad in limited action, but this year House is taking the you ain’t seen nothing yet approach.
“To me, if you think I did good last year then you have a whole other thing coming,” House said. “I won’t have this harness on so it won’t slow me down. So what you saw in the preseason, Week One, there’s going to be a lot of that.”
House was injured in the Green Bay Packers first preseason game in 2012. At the time, he was the favorite to win the starting cornerback spot opposite Tramon Williams. The injury and the time he missed killed that notion and House knows it.
“To me, I felt like the job was mine,” House said. “It was mine to lose and I lost it because of injuries to me. But later on in the season, Shields got hurt and it gave me an opportunity to step in there. I think it showed the coaches that I can play.”
The Packers have said their starting cornerback spots are up for grabs this year and the team may just have four guys who are legitimate NFL starters. Sam Shields and Casey Hayward join House and Williams in that category.
The Packers play a lot of nickel, so being among the top three cornerbacks will get you a lot of minutes. Will House be in that group? He faces an uphill battle if Shields and Hayward duplicate the success they had last season.
However, it’s not out of the question. If House plays the way he did before the injury, it will be hard to keep him off the field.
If I were Tramon Williams, I’d be looking over my shoulder.