House to IR
The Green Bay Packers sent one cornerback to the injured reserve list while signing another on Tuesday. Davon House made his way to IR while Bashaud Breeland signed a deal with the team. An open tryout occurred on Tuesday and Breeland outshined others brought in, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. House landed on the IR due to a lingering shoulder injury that requires surgery. Playing in just 29 snaps through the first three games, he struggled in coverage when on the field. In Week 2 he saw extensive action, allowing three catches on four targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. That translates to an opponent quarterback rating of a whopping 156.3. His sluggish play is well documented by Pro Football Focus (PFF). They rank House tied for 147th out of 149 qualified CBs with a 28.8 defensive rating. He could return later in the year depending on his recovery and team needs.
Bashaud Breeland beat out several other players trying to land the open roster spot and signed with the Packers. Breeland was linked to various teams over the past couple months but finally found a match with the Packers. Breeland adds a veteran presence to a young secondary, and is a suitable corner when healthy. In 2017 playing for Washington, his PFF grade was 68.8, ranking 69th out of 209 qualified CBs. He was thrown at 69 times, allowing 34 receptions for 397 yards and three touchdowns, while picking off one pass. Breeland provides quality depth for a team in desperate need of consistency in the secondary. The amount of infractions called against him poses some cause for concern. Last season he tied for the league lead as the most penalized CB, racking up a total of 13 violations. For a secondary already riddled with penalty issues, adding another player prone to drawing the ire from refs is not ideal.
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The secondary is stronger after the moves made today. The Packers hope to have Josh Jones back from injury soon, with Kevin King also eyeing a return in the near future. If they can regain health this Packers secondary should prevent lapses in play that have plagued them early on in the season.