Davon House: 'I had a horrible game'

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Davon House violated one of the first lessons of playing cornerback in the NFL: Don’t try to make up for a bad play.

Yet after the Green Bay Packers’ third-year pro gave up a 38-yard touchdown pass to Arizona Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts in last Friday’s preseason opener, House fell into that old trap.

On the Cardinals’ next position, House jumped a route by receiver Charles Hawkins and got burned for a 36-yard completion after Hawkins used a double move to turn the route up the field.

“The touchdown, I should’ve just blew it off,” House said. “But I’m thinking, ‘I need to make a play now.’ And that’s what I get.”

To top off what he called “hands down” the worst game of his life, House also allowed another long completion, an 18-yarder to Michael Floyd. It all happened in just 16 snaps, and his night was over.

House began the game as the fill-in starter for the injured Tramon Williams (knee) and by the time the Packers returned to the practice field this week, he had lost that spot to rookie Micah Hyde.

“I had a horrible game,” House said. “In preseason, the best players that compete in the preseason should play, and Micah had a better game than me. I did horrible, so that’s what I get for being bad.”

It’s been a tough 12 months for House. Last summer, he had a firm grasp on a starting job until he sustained a shoulder injury in the preseason opener at San Diego. He tried to play with a harness on his shoulder but never got the starting job back and then had shoulder surgery in the offseason. Shortly before training camp this summer, a case of severe food poisoning turned into an ear infection that left him with bouts of dizziness.

All that explains why Packers coach Mike McCarthy said: “You give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Nevertheless, House said he was down in the dumps for several days after his performance against the Cardinals and knew it would result in a demotion. He said Tuesday that it took him a few nights to get over it.

How many more chances House gets remains to be seen. The Packers want to see how Hyde plays in an expanded role. Previously, he had played mostly in the slot as the nickel corner. This week, he’s had a chance to play on the edge in the base defense, too.

But with Williams and cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) still out, there still should be some snaps for House in Saturday’s preseason game at St. Louis. House said he expects the Rams to target him, and that’s fine with him.

“Bring it,” House said. “I’m excited. As a cornerback, you should love the challenge of the quarterback knowing that they should throw my way. I had a horrible game last week, so I’m expecting the ball to come my way quite a bit.”