Months before drafting him, Packers used Josiah Deguara as a teaching tool

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The Packers were big fans of Josiah Deguara long before they drafted him.

Deguara, a third round tight end/fullback out of Cincinnati, was used by Packers coach Matt LaFleur in a team meeting last year as an example of the way LaFleur wants his players to play the game.

Specifically, LaFleur showed the Packers a highlight of Deguara running down a UCLA player after an interception, hustling to make a tackle on what otherwise would have been a pick-six.

“We actually showed this to our team — ironically enough — last season in a team meeting when we were talking about effort and grit,” LaFleur said, via Madison.com. “There was a play versus UCLA where there was an interception, and just the effort he displayed to run down the defender and make an unbelievable play on the ball, I think it really epitomizes who he is as a football player.”

Deguara said the play shows his approach to football.

“It was definitely a big moment for our team during that game,” Deguara said. “It could’ve been a big shift in momentum, so it wasn’t just [big] for me but for the team as well. [With] our culture at Cincinnati, I pride myself on outworking the guy in front of me, pride myself on being the hardest worker not only on the team, but on the field at that time. I think it just shows my relentless effort on the field and I think that’s the best way that resembles how I am as a player.”

There are some big questions facing the Packers about what role Deguara will play in their offense, and many draft analysts thought he was a reach in the third round. But the Packers love his hustle.

22 responses to “Months before drafting him, Packers used Josiah Deguara as a teaching tool

  1. “There are some big questions facing the Packers about what role Deguara will play in their offense”

    ———————
    He can be the designated first man up when Rodgers inevitably decides to throw someone under the bus…

  2. Only time will tell if he was a reach or not. On paper this looks like our worst draft in years unfortunately. Really disappointed.

  3. He could have just showed the Ben Watson-Champ Bailey play which is to this day the best example of hustle I’ve seen in football

  4. “I’m the hardest worker” “It was a big moment for me”

    These guys need to learn to word their thoughts a little better so that they don’t burn bridges with their teammates right away.

  5. I love having Josiah Deguara on the squad. I will discuss the player in a moment, but first Josiah is a TOP-NOTCH person. Josiah is definately ‘Packer People’ which is one big thing that Gute looks for in all the players he brings to TitleTown.

    Deguara is a very versatile TE. On top of being a very good receiving threat, he also has a lot of the traits of Kyle Juszczyk the 49ers FB/Hback.

    LaFleur lights up when he speaks about how he can use Josiah along with Jace and Big Dog to stress defenses.

    Josiah is a great add for this team and everyone is very excited to have this quality individual and player on the roster.👍

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!✊

  6. With JLove being the replacement for Aaron Rodgers, Deguara’s ability to run down an opponent after an interception will be needed.

    Just sayin’…

  7. Last time I checked the sky isn’t falling.

    As far as Aaron being disrespected, the Packers are stuffing 134 million into his pockets, and I suspect most of us would gladly accept that kind of “disrespect”. Okay, so they drafted a quarterback … Rodgers isn’t some kind of China doll that’s about to break into a million pieces – even if Favre and three-quarters of the media would like us to believe that will happen.

    Pro football is a business … and the draft is meant to replenish talent. Should every defensive player, offensive player, special team player feel disrespected if during a 7 round draft, someone is drafted at their position? Good Grief!!

  8. Maybe then the Saints should have looked to move up and draft him ahead of the Pack since they just signed Jameis Winston.

  9. Ron Jull says:
    May 1, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Did Aaron approve this pick?
    _________

    I think we all know the answer to that.

  10. I’m sure he’ll be a fine player for the Packers, but isn’t this the kind of guy you pick up in the seventh round or as a UDFA?

  11. As a University of Cincinnati season ticket holder I love the pick. He will make the packers fans love him soon enough.

  12. If you single out a player a year before the draft, then actually being able to draft him is a blessing.

  13. Using a college fullback as an example for professional athletes? How bad must have the coaching staff thought of the team’s effort?

  14. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 1, 2020 at 10:25 am
    I love having Josiah Deguara on the squad. I will discuss the player in a moment, but first Josiah is a TOP-NOTCH person. Josiah is definately ‘Packer People’ which is one big thing that Gute looks for in all the players he brings to TitleTown.

    Deguara is a very versatile TE. On top of being a very good receiving threat, he also has a lot of the traits of Kyle Juszczyk the 49ers FB/Hback.

    LaFleur lights up when he speaks about how he can use Josiah along with Jace and Big Dog to stress defenses
    @@@@@@@222

    Iwhen the packers picked him I almost cried.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 1, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    Using a college fullback as an example for professional athletes? How bad must have the coaching staff thought of the team’s effort?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    What do you mean?

  16. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 1, 2020 at 10:25 am
    I love having Josiah Deguara on the squad. I will discuss the player in a moment, but first Josiah is a TOP-NOTCH person. Josiah is definately ‘Packer People’ which is one big thing that Gute looks for in all the players he brings to TitleTown.
    Deguara is a very versatile TE. On top of being a very good receiving threat, he also has a lot of the traits of Kyle Juszczyk the 49ers FB/Hback.
    LaFleur lights up when he speaks about how he can use Josiah along with Jace and Big Dog to stress defenses
    ————–

    Basically a long winded way of saying nothing. Basically you say he is a good guy – but why do you say that charity work, did he excel in the class room, or just a bunch of fluff to pretend you “know” the players. Like how some of them are your “boys” but then why did Danny Vitale – your friend bounce as soon as he could in the off-season. That must have been a real tear-jerker.

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