Josiah Deguara was born on Feb. 14, 1997, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Deguara attended Folsom High School in Folsom, Calif., where he was a standout football player. He earned MaxPreps California Division I honors at TE and grabbed Sacramento Bee First-Team All-Metro Honors as a hybrid in 2014.
Deguara tallied 240 receptions for 3,274 yards and 42 touchdowns in high school. A two-star recruit, Deguara committed to play at Cincinnati.
2023 Expectations For Green Bay Packers Tight End Josiah Deguara
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Deguara had a productive career at Cincinnati. His 92 catches are the most in school history for a tight end, and he was the second tight end in school history to have 500 or more yards receiving. Travis Kelce was the other, as he had 722 yards in 2012.
He averaged almost 13 yards per catch (12.9) and became only the second tight end in school history to exceed 1,000 yards for his career (1,117), along with Brent Celek (1,135).
In 2018, Deguara earned second-team All-AAC honors with 38 receptions, 468 yards, and five touchdowns in 13 games. A year later, Deguara earned first-team All-AAC honors, as he had 39 catches for 504 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games.
The Green Bay Packers drafted Deguara in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Deguara was drafted as an H-back player in the offense, where he's lined up as tight end and fullback.
Deguara has 39 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns in 35 games in his career so far.
Expectations for Josiah Deguara in 2023
Deguara is the most experienced tight end on the roster. He adds not only a blocking element but an option for Quarterback Jordan Love to throw to over the middle. Deguara has a lot of experience in the Packers' system that will benefit Jordan Love and rookie tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft.
Head Coach Matt LaFleur thinks Deguara can take on a bigger role in the 2023 season, according to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated:
"He's a guy that has a lot of versatility in terms of whether he's in the backfield, whether he's in a wing position, we can split him out, so it's just him getting those opportunities and then taking advantage of them."
Deguara said he's excited to step into a leadership role this season when speaking with Huber:
"The No. 1 thing is just gratitude," Deguara said. "Try to relay that to them and just be grateful for being here each and every day. When you're a young guy, you don't really get it. Even me, being in one spot for all four years is a blessing. I'm just grateful to show up here every day... It's definitely a change, there's no doubt about it. I'm trying to step up as a leader because I had Big Dog (Marcedes Lewis) and Bobby (Robert Tonyan) the first three years of my career and now I'm the oldest guy in the room. I'm the leader and I'm trying to step into that position with Tyler (Davis) and trying to lead these young guys and do as many good things as we've done the last few years, continue that tradition, and continue the standard in the room." (Via Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated).
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