Davon House Signing Grade and Analysis
Davon House, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, is coming to the Jacksonville Jaguars for four years and $25 million. That’s a chunk of change for a promising cornerback, but it’s the type of signing that has become typical for the Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Free Agency period: paying for potential.
That potential, based on four years and 14 starts in Green Bay, was enough to entice GM Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley to take a chance on House. His six foot frame, which is an ideal size for Bradley’s defense, was nice draw as well.
House will be expected to come in and make an impact immediately for the Jags. He’ll help bolster a young secondary headlined currently by Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray. Those two could possibly lose their jobs in competition to House, who could either be a starter or come in and play the third cornerback role for the Jags. House says that he expects to start, though. The Jags are paying him like it so that would make perfect sense.
He’s ready and open to competition, too.
"If someone beats me out, then they beat me out. But I feel like I’m good enough to start. – DB Davon House"
This signing looks like a solid addition for the Jaguars. He’ll be able to come in and push the young secondary to be better at a minimum and still provide valuable role work for the defense. That’s if he isn’t starting. If he is starting, then the Jaguars are paying decent money for a player that was solid throughout his time with the Packers. Per Pro Football Focus, House was fourth in the NFL in completion percentage allowed last season, with opposing quarterbacks completing just 46.8% of passes thrown his direction. That cannot be overlooked and opposing quarterbacks likely won’t overlook him either.
With all that said, I think the House signing is a B for the Jaguars. He’s filling a role they need and he has the potential to be something special, but right now all they are paying for is potential and potential doesn’t make this a top-level signing. Hopefully he’ll turn in A-level work throughout the season, though.
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