Davon House’s return to the Green Bay Packers just made sense from day one. Instantly upon being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars this spring, speculation abounded that House could return to Wisconsin, spurred in part by his good scheme fit and understanding of the organization and also by the team’s need at cornerback.
Although he took a few different visits as a free agent, he indeed signed a one-year deal in Green Bay, betting on a return to form this season in the hopes that he can earn another long-term contract in 2018. However, with the Packers having no other corners remaining on the roster with more than two years of NFL experience, House is automatically the veteran leader among the group, whether he likes it or not.
That is a primary topic in today’s Cheese Curds, as the team looks to its veterans to help bring the young players along during spring practices. House is one of those leaders whom the coaches are counting on to show the rookies how to be a professional, and making sure he was at practice on time on Tuesday is one example of his dedication.
As House focuses on leadership and playing on the boundary, his young teammate Damarious Randall is set to take a bigger role on the interior of the defense than he had the past two years. At this point, he looks to be the team’s top option in the slot, and there are plenty of snaps available with Micah Hyde’s departure.
Check out those items and much more in today’s Curds.
Packers' young players trying to catch up | Packers.com
Head coach Mike McCarthy is not concerned about the fact that his rookie class is quite a bit behind the veterans in their understanding of the scheme, but he does say that the first-years "need to close that gap and come together."
Davon House is taking charge of the Green Bay Packers' cornerback room - ESPN
Meanwhile, House -- whose trek to Green Bay on Monday night is now the stuff of legend -- is embracing a leadership role among his position group by virtue of his experience and knowledge of the defense.
Shareece Wright paid $632 for an Uber to go from Chicago to a voluntary Bills practice - SBNation.com
Speaking of House's ride, it's truly a testament to Packers fans when you compare it to what Bills cornerback Shareece Wright went through. It was a longer drive for Wright, but I'd still put money down that you could have found a Packers fan who would have driven 8 hours instead of 4.
Packers CB Randall covering the slot in OTAs | PFF
While House is in the headlines this week, Damarious Randall gets a breakdown from PFF as he is primarily lining up in the slot during OTAs.
Aaron Rodgers: Contract extension will ‘take care of itself’ | Packersnews.com
Rodgers is signed through 2019, so it probably makes sense to renegotiate his deal next summer. As for the QB himself, he doesn’t really try to worry about market value or negotiations, instead trying “to continue to make myself an indispensable part of this roster.” Mission accomplished, sir.
T.J. Lang gets his Christmas present from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers | Packers Wire
Despite now playing for an NFC North rival, Lang still got a gift from his old quarterback -- albeit a bit late. However, it was also notable that it wasn't an ATV like the ones that Rodgers ordered for his current line.