House Feeling at Home in Packers Secondary

On looks alone, he's drawing comparisons to an ex-Packers cornerback. And early in training camp, fourth-round pick Davon House is catching on quickly and confidently in the Packers' talented defensive backfield.

Especially when he stands alone on the sidelines, the comparison is striking.

The dreadlocks flowing from the back of his helmet. The slender frame. The high socks. And to complete the look, the No. 31 green jersey.

"Some players have been joking around with me saying, ‘Look at Al. Al's back,'" he said. "They say I look like him."

Green Bay rookie Davon House has never met Al Harris, the ex-Packers cornerback who was let go last season after eight years with the team, but the similarities, based on looks alone, are clearly there. And just a week into his Packers career, House is showing some skills in the secondary that Harris would be proud of, too.

During the team periods of Wednesday night's practice, House showed good coverage when the ball was thrown his way, including a pass breakup of an Aaron Rodgers throw intended for Greg Jennings in the corner of the end zone. Jennings looked like he had the ball, only for House to rip it away as they fell to the ground.

In a talented secondary, which includes veterans Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, and second-year pro Sam Shields, House would not figure to play much even if he continues to impress. But as the No. 4 cornerback in camp competing with Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee, Josh Gordy and Brandian Ross, he is just one snap away from stepping into the nickel, a defense the Packers played on more than half the snaps last season.

"I've been in the rotation heavily lately," said House, whose favorite player in college was Williams for their ball-hawking, small-school history. "It's coming along with all the plays and everything. It's all coming pretty fast, but I feel like I'm catching on pretty good and playing like myself and playing pretty fast. I believe I'll be ready by the Cleveland preseason game (on Aug. 13)."

The 6-foot, 195-pound House played mainly bump-and-run coverage at New Mexico State, most often matching up with the opposition's No. 1 receiver. While he may encounter some of that at the NFL level, in the Packers' defense under Dom Capers, he will be expected to know a much wider variety of coverages and defenses.

House also will be asked to play special teams, a unit that has really been foreign to him since his sophomore season in college. As a backup on the depth chart with the Packers, however, special teams will be one of his calling cards to making the roster and being active on game day. Thus far in camp, he has taken reps as a blocker on the kickoff return team, a gunner on the punt coverage and a jammer on the punt return team.

Regardless of position, confidence has been a big theme for House. His look-a-like had it, and fellow cornerbacks Woodson and Williams have it, too. Perhaps that is why the "awe" factor has not been too big a problem for him in the first week of camp.

"I feel like I'm here for a reason. I'm good enough to be here," said House. "The coaches have confidence in me. If they didn't, I wouldn't be here. I know that as soon as I get the plays down, and can really play like myself, I'm going to be really good."

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Matt Tevsh has covered the Packers since 1996. E-mail him at

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