What Are The Jags Getting In House?

What type of player are the Jaguars getting in cornerback Davon House? We asked Packer Report.com publisher Bill Huber who has covered every pro game that House has played in to give us his thoughts.

One of the biggest moves by the Jacksonville Jaguars was to strengthen their secondary by signing both Sergio Brown from the Colts and Davon House from the Green Bay Packers.

What type of player are the Jaguars getting in House? We asked PackerReport.com publisher Bill Huber to give us a better idea.

For the Jaguars and every other team interested in House, figuring out an appropriate offer posed a challenge. Here’s a guy who’s spent four seasons in the league and you still don’t have much of a clue of what he is or what he’ll become.

He’s never been a full-time starter. In fact, he’s started 14 games in four seasons. Some of that is due to the talent ahead of him. Sam Shields and Tramon Williams are good players. Casey Hayward, a second-round pick in 2012, and Micah Hyde, a fifth-round pick in 2013, are better equipped to play the slot.

Some of it’s been injuries. After playing in only two games as a rookie, House made a run at the starting job in 2012 but injured his shoulder in the preseason opener and missed the first six games. He returned to start five games and finished fourth on the team with 13 passes defensed. In 2013, House played in all 16 games, again making five starts and finishing third with 13 passes defensed — including his first interception. This past season, he played in the first 13 games before bad luck struck again. Thrust into action against Atlanta on Dec. 8, he was the only member of the secondary to have any success against Julio Jones. However, when breaking up a pass in the end zone, he fell on Jones’ knee and sustained a significant shoulder injury, which cost him the final three games of the regular season.

So, when he’s played, he’s played well. He just hasn’t played enough to give anyone an idea of how he’d fare as a 16-game starter. Or even if he could hold up as a 16-game starter.

House has the height and length you want in a league in which 6-foot-1 (and taller) receivers are the rule rather than the exception. He’s done well when he’s faced the likes of Calvin Johnson and the aforementioned Jones, but has had problems with shorter, quicker receivers. He’s definitely a guy who needs to be matched against the appropriate receiver. He’s a physical, press-man corner who honed his skills this past offseason by working with Darrelle Revis. He’s a great guy in the locker room. He’s worked hard to improve his hands, and while he probably is never going to be a ballhawk, he will get his hands on his share of balls.

House resembles the type of cornerback that Gus Bradley wants, at least physically. Now that he's no longer buried on the depth chart, the Jaguars are hoping that House plays up to and exceeds his contract.

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