The Return of Josiah Deguara to the Green Bay Packers offense could have endless possibilities.
Green Bay Packers tight end Josiah Deguara, after a rookie season that ended prematurely, is entering year two as an under-the-radar player that could make a huge difference.
Before the start of the 2020 season, Green Bay Packers Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett described the Cincinnati product as a player with the athleticism to be inserted everywhere on the field. Three words have been used to describe Josiah Deguara by the Green Bay Packers, and his former position coach at Cincinnati:
Deguara is competitive, possesses great athleticism at the tight end position, and has great football awareness.
Fans only got to see Deguara twice in 2020 after an ankle injury from Week 1 and then a season-ending knee injury in Week 4 against the Falcons. However, there was definite impact from the rookie tight end.
Deguara got the start Week 1 against the Vikings. This should speak for itself, especially when 2020 had a shortened training camp. The Green Bay Packers believe in #81.
Matt Lafleur and Nathaniel Hackett have placed him in multiple areas on the field as an H-Back. He’d lineup in the backfield alongside Rodgers and Williams/Jones where he was often tasked with picking up blitzes from Anthony Barr, and would also be along the line of scrimmage.
Josiah Deguara gonna be FUN to watch in 2021… pic.twitter.com/04kD0lB4td
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) July 8, 2021
Thankfully, Deguara participated in OTA’s back in May, although he was on rehab assignment.
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) May 25, 2021
There may not be much to show on the stat sheet for Deguara, he only posted one reception for 12 yards in Week 1, but he does many other things well that can make an impact for the other 10 offensive players on the field.
With fellow tight end Jace Sternberger suspended the first two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, Josiah Deguara could once again be injected into the offense early on in the season.
Fans had plenty to say regarding the Deguara pick in the 2020 draft (and the rest of their picks at that), but he’s shown what he can do in the Matt Lafleur and Nathaniel Hackett offense. He can get you a key block down field, but also has pass catching ability that a quarterback can trust.
Deguara finished his career at Cincinnati with the most receptions in school history, and just the second to surpass 1,000 career reception yards. That other tight end he joined company with — Brent Celek.
Josiah Deguara flashed legitimate potential in his minute snaps in the 2020 season, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that he will build on that and become an integral part of this team. Deguara himself believes he is poised for a comeback.