GREEN BAY – The battle for playing time and even spots on the roster in the Packers secondary figures to be a good one at both safety and cornerback. Tramon Williams and Sam Shields have the highest dollar contract but behind them players are fighting for their role.
Coach McCarthy mentioned Wednesday how much he likes the work that Davon House has done this off-season and during the start of camp as the fourth year cornerback hopes to expand his role from special team’s ace to regular contributor. “Davon House is clearly having his best year as a pro coming off what he’s done since the off-season and some of the things he’s really focused on and you saw that since April,” McCarthy said.
House’s impressive start to camp can be traced to the work he did following OTAs. He spent 3 1/2 weeks in Phoenix working out with trainer Will Sullivan and a dozen other NFL defensive backs including perennial Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis. He got a chance to observe one of the NFL’s best up close.
“It was how patient and how balanced he was and how controlled he was,” House said. “I guess you can say how you see A-Rod, so smooth and he makes everything look so easy. That’s how Revis was.”
House has battled injuries throughout his Packers career but Coach McCarthy said it hasn’t held House back, he just going through the evolution of a young pro football player. “I just think he was a very young raw corner when he got here and he’s making the natural progression.” “He’s a big, long, strong corner, he does a lot of good things,” McCarthy stated.
“My thing when I was a rookie was keep getting better, House added. “Here I am year four and I already feel like I’m better than year three to year four. You’ve just got to keep doing it.”
In the last year of his contract, House knows if he wants to extend his stay in Green Bay, the time to impress is now. : “I’m going to be here next March or I’m going to be gone. So if I want to be here I need to make some plays and shake some stuff up.”
If he continues to make plays into August, come September, House will find himself in more defensive packages for the Packers.