Josiah Deguara

Green Bay Packers
Tight End #81
Green Bay Packers
Tight End #81

Josiah Deguara News

Active in Week 18

Deguara (calf) is listed as active Sunday against the Lions, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Thursday's practice due to a calf injury, Deguara returned to a limited session Friday and entered the weekend listed as questionable for Week 18 action. Now that his status is confirmed, he'll continue to play a key role as a blocking tight end for the Packers offense, which doesn't hold much sway in fantasy considering he has a 13-114-0 line on 15 targets in 16 games this season.

Jan 8, 2023 4:06 PM EST

Tabbed as questionable for Sunday

The Packers list Deguara (calf) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Heading into a win-or-go-home matchup with the Lions in the regular-season finale, the Packers will have all members of the 53-man roster available aside from potentially Deguara, who is tending to the calf injury. After failing to practice Thursday on account of the injury, Deguara at least managed to take a step forward Friday by practicing on a limited basis. When available, Deguara has handled a small role as a depth tight end, never playing more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in a given week while drawing two or fewer targets in 15 of his 16 appearances on the season.

Jan 6, 2023 2:16 PM EST

Dealing with injury

Deguara did not participate during the Packers' practice Thursday due to a calf injury.

Analysis: Deguara popped up on Green Bay's injury report with this issue for the first time Thursday. The 25-year-old was seen working on a stationary bike and stretching during Thursday's session, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site, so it appears he may have picked up the injury at some point during practice Wednesday. Deguara has recorded 13 catches on 15 targets for 114 yards, and his biggest contributions have come as a blocker and core special-teamer. He'll have one opportunity to increase his practice activity Friday, or else he could be in jeopardy of missing his first game of the season during Sunday's crucial regular-season finale.

Jan 5, 2023 2:40 PM EST

Draws five targets in defeat

Deguara was targeted five times and caught five passes for 41 yards in Sunday's 15-9 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Deguara entered Sunday's contest with just six receptions for 65 yards over eight games, but the Packers needed more from him Sunday after losing a couple wideouts mid-game, and he nearly matched both his reception and yardage totals in Week 9 alone. The Packers may continue looking for ways to get Deguara more involved, but he is sharing the work at the tight end position with two other players, and thus remains on the fringes of fantasy circles.

Nov 7, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Notches reception in Week 8

Deguara recorded a nine-yard reception in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Deguara played a season-high 28 snaps (44 percent share) in the Week 8 loss , surpassing Marcedes Lewis as the Packers' No. 2 tight end for the first time all season. It's unclear if that trend will continue moving forward or if it was more of a result of the Bills having the game in hand by the fourth quarter, but either way, Deguara and Lewis will both be firmly behind starter Robert Tonyan in the pecking order for snaps at tight end.

Nov 2, 2022 10:07 AM EST

Opens in reserve role

Deguara was targeted twice and caught two passes for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Both of Deguara's receptions led to first downs, but they also both came on the Packers' final drive with backup quarterback Jordan Love at the helm. Deguara had a chance to open the season in a more prominent role with fellow tight end Robert Tonyan recovering from a knee injury, but with Tonyan not only taking the field but starting in Week 1, expect Deguara to continue working as a reserve.

Sep 12, 2022 10:25 AM EST

Shut out Thursday night

Deguara was targeted once but did not catch a pass in Friday's exhibition matchup with the Chiefs.

Analysis: Deguara did not do much during the preseason, finishing with totals of six targets, three receptions and 23 yards. His versatility could help get him on the field when the regular season gets underway, but he may not get enough looks to make a fantasy impact, particularly with fellow tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) likely being ready to go early in the season, if not Week 1.

Aug 25, 2022 11:53 PM EST

Fills several roles in scrimmage

Deguara led Packers tight ends in first-team reps during Green Bay's Family Night event Friday, according to

Analysis: Deguara lined up as a tight end on only five plays Friday night, but be it in the backfield or in the slot, he was on the field for 10 others. When it was all said and done, only two Packers skill players -- and no one listed as a tight end -- racked up more snaps. Deguara started getting more involved later in his second season, and unless fellow tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) makes rapid progress in the weeks ahead, Deguara seems poised to be the Packers' top option at his position in Week 1.

Aug 7, 2022 9:10 AM EST

Finishes season as starter

Deguara was targeted 33 times and caught 25 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns over 16 appearances in the 2021 season.

Analysis: Deguara played a bit role early in the season, but he moved up the depth chart when fellow tight end Robert Tonyan suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 8 and finished the campaign as the Packers' top tight end. He did not do a whole lot outside of two long scores, but he was taken in the third round just two years ago, so he's going to get more opportunities in 2022. Just how many remains to be seen, as Tonyan will be a free agent this offseason.

Feb 3, 2022 8:34 AM EST

Gets loose late in loss

Deguara was targeted four times and caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-30 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Deguara did nearly all his damage on a 62-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest, but when it was all said and done he tied his career high for catches in a game and set a new career best in the receiving yards department. He led Packers tight ends in snaps six times over the team's last seven games and will head into the postseason as the team's top option at his position.

Jan 10, 2022 9:25 AM EST

Does little in third straight

Deguara was targeted three times and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's 37-10 victory over the Vikings.

Analysis: Deguara would have had a much better night had he hauled in an Aaron Rodgers pass into the end zone on the Packers' first drive, but alas, he failed to hit even the 20-yard mark for the third straight game. Deguara remains the most-appealing fantasy option among Green Bay's tight ends, but with him producing minimally and the Packers having already sewn up the top seed in the NFC, there are likely better options to go with in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 9:20 AM EST

Operating as top tight end

Deguara was targeted three times and caught two passes for five yards in the Packers' 24-22 victory over the Browns in Week 16.

Analysis: Deguara played at least 55 percent of the snaps for a third week in a row, and for the first time in his career was the only Packers tight end to spend more than half the offensive plays on the field. While those numbers seemingly point to him being the Packers' top tight end, they have not translated into any meaningful production, as he has recorded just eight receptions for 65 yards in the three games the Packers have played since their Week 13 bye. Deguara should again spend ample time on the field in the Packers' Week 17 matchup with the Vikings, and although his recent numbers don't inspire much confidence, he should have a chance to find paydirt against an opponent that allowed tight ends to rack up five scores over its last six games.

Dec 27, 2021 8:09 AM EST

Little impact in win

Deguara was targeted five times and caught three passes for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-30 victory over the Ravens.

Analysis: While the five targets were a career high for Deguara, he was unable to do much with them, and he finished with no more than 16 yards for the fourth time in the six games the Packers have played since losing starting tight end Robert Tonyan (knee). Deguara did play more than 50 percent of the snaps for the second week in a row, and he will have the matchup in his favor in Week 16 against the Browns. However, his game log suggests he will be tough to trust in that contest.

Dec 20, 2021 7:40 AM EST

Sets career highs in two categories

Deguara was targeted three times and caught three passes for 44 yards in Sunday's 45-30 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: The 44 yards were a career best for Deguara, as were the 37 snaps he played in Sunday's contest. He has not stamped himself as the Packers' top tight end, as teammate Marcedes Lewis racked up more yards and receptions in Week 14 and played just one fewer snap. However, Deguara has at least done enough to put himself on the radar for Weeks 15 and 16, when the Packers will take on Ravens and Browns defenses that have been below-average this season against opposing tight ends.

Dec 13, 2021 10:35 AM EST

Two receptions in fifth straight

Deguara was targeted four times and caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's 36-28 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: The Packers activated four tight ends for Sunday's contest, and although Deguara was not one of the two credited with a start, he still wound up leading all of them in snaps, targets and receiving yards and caught two passes for the fifth straight game. Deguara has established himself as the top fantasy option among Green Bay's active tight ends, but he also averaged just a 44 percent snap share over the past two weeks and has not caught more than two passes in any contest. As such, fantasy players should not feel obligated to hang onto him through the Packers' Week 13 bye.

Nov 29, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Tallies first career touchdown

Deguara was targeted twice and caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Deguara only got a couple opportunities to make a play Sunday, but he capitalized on the biggest one, hauling in a 25-yard pass into the end zone to bring the Packers within six points late in the second quarter. Deguara has just 10 receptions this season, but the 2020 third-rounder looks like a player on the rise, as he has both caught two passes and has seen his snap-count percentage increase in four straight games. Deguara's 27 snaps Sunday led Packers tight ends and were 10 more than the player who finished second on that list, Marcedes Lewis. Deguara should continue getting chances to contribute, as the Packers' top tight end -- Robert Tonyan (knee) -- will not return this season.

Nov 22, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Plays season-high 25 snaps

Deguara was targeted three times and caught two passes for nine yards in Sunday's 17-0 victory over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Deguara did not provide much help for anyone that threw a dart at him in fantasy contests, but he did play a season-high 25 snaps in Sunday's contest. Deguara's role has expanded some since Robert Tonyan (knee) was lost for the season, and he now has two receptions in three straight games after catching just two passes all season prior to that. It could be tough for him to do much more than that in Week 11, as he will remain behind Marcedes Lewis on the depth chart and will face a Vikings defense that has allowed tight ends to average a measly 2.8 receptions and 30.5 yards over its last six games.

Nov 15, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Hauls in two passes

Deguara was targeted twice and caught two passes for 16 yards in Sunday's 13-7 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Deguara matched the career-high two receptions he recorded in Week 8, but he did not do much for fantasy players who were hoping he would step into a larger role in the absence of fellow tight end Robert Tonyan (knee).

Nov 8, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Career-high two catches Thursday

Deguara hauled in both targets for 20 yards in Thursday's 24-21 win at Arizona.

Analysis: Deguara doubled his catch count on the campaign in the process, and he's likely to earn more work moving forward after Robert Tonyan suffered a torn ACL in the contest. Per Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site, coach Mike LaFleur expects to take a "by-committee" approach at tight end moving forward, and because of the team's TE-heavy scheme Deguara may begin to realize the investment made in him as a third-round pick in the 2020 draft. Aside from Deguara, Green Bay trots out Marcedes Lewis, Dominique Dafney and Tyler Davis at the position.

Oct 29, 2021 3:51 PM EST

Second reception this season

Deguara was targeted once and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's 24-14 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Deguara has caught only two passes all season, but that's one more than he caught last year during his rookie campaign, when a torn ACL limited him to just two appearances. Deguara has played at least 20 percent of the snaps in four straight games, but he is operating as the Packers' third tight end behind Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis.

Oct 18, 2021 8:15 AM EST

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