Josiah Deguara

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Josiah Deguara (81) reacts after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) as Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith (22) looks on during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Josiah Deguara didn’t start for Green Bay on Sunday in Minnesota, but might the second-year, former third-round pick be the new No. 1 tight end for the Packers?

With Robert Tonyan out for the season, Green Bay has been mixing it up at tight end.

Marcedes Lewis, who has started all 11 games, had been getting the majority of the snaps since Tonyan went down, but was even getting his share before Tonyan’s injury. In the previous three games, Lewis had played 42%, 46% and 57% of the offensive snaps.

Dominique Dafney has played in five games, including against Minnesota where he had 16 snaps. He’s also saw significant time in games vs. New Orleans (33%), Detroit (45%) and Kansas City (40%).

But Lewis and Dafney are mainly blocking tight ends. Lewis has been targeted 14 times with 12 catches in 11 games. He has 117 receiving yards (9.8 yards per catch) with no touchdowns. Dafney has two targets with one catch for eight yards, which came this past weekend against the Vikings.

Enter Deguara.

In his final two seasons at Cincinnati, he combined for 77 catches with 972 yards and 12 touchdowns before being selected No. 94 overall by the Packers in the 2020 draft. An injury sidelined Deguara for most of his rookie season and his playing time was limited – as were his targets – before Tonyan got hurt.

But things have picked up since.

A week after playing a season-high 25 snaps (34%) against Seattle, Deguara had 27 offensive snaps against the Vikings (46%).

He’s not exactly getting Tonyan targets but he’s catching what’s thrown to him. Over the last four games, Deguara has eight catches on nine targets. Against the Vikings he had two grabs for 37 yards, which included his first NFL touchdown.

Making this moment even cooler was Deguara’s parents happened to be at the game and their reaction just happened to be captured, partly through chance.

Perhaps the Minnesota game is indication that Deguara’s parents might have a lot more to celebrate in the stretch run of the 2021 season.

Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:

-- With injuries decimating Green Bay’s outside linebacker group, Tipa Galeai, an undrafted free agent out of Utah State, got his first chance to play in 2021. Galeai, who had been on the practice squad, appeared in one game as a rookie in 2020, getting nine snaps at, ironically, Minnesota in Week 1. In Week 11 of 2021, Galeai saw a lot more time – 36 snaps (51%), recording three tackles (two solo).

-- In his second game back from injury, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling played 48 snaps – the 81.4% participation easily a season high (previous: 66.2%, done twice) and his highest percentage since Week 10 last season. Valdes Scantling was targeted 10 times – his most since he had 10 vs. Denver in Week 3 in 2019 – finishing with four catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, a 75-yard catch and run which tied the score at 31.

-- A week after tying his season high by being in on 68% of the offensive snaps, wide receiver Randall Cobb set a new mark for 2021 with 46 snaps – 76%. However, he was targeted just twice and had one catch for 15 yards.

-- While A.J. Dillon is being leaned on heavily at running back (75% of the snaps), Patrick Taylor was in on 15 plays (25%). The former Memphis standout rushed four times for 11 yards.

Offense
PLAYER PLAYS (59) %
Runyan 59 100%
Patrick 59 100%
Newman 59 100%
Turner 59 100%
Rodgers 58 98%
Adams 52 88%
Jenkins 49 83%
Valdes-Scantling 48 81%
Cobb 45 76%
Dillon 44 75%
Deguara 27 46%
St. Brown 21 36%
Lewis 17 29%
Dafney 16 27%
P. Taylor 15 25%
Nijman 10 17%
Winfree 6 10%
Davis 3 5%
Am. Rodgers 1 2%
Love 1 2%
Defense
PLAYER PLAYS (70) %
Amos 70 100%
Campbell 70 100%
Savage 70 100%
Stokes 63 90%
Clark 61 87%
Douglas 54 77%
P. Smith 53 76%
Lowry 50 71%
Sullivan 49 59%
Barnes 37 53%
Galeai 36 51%
Keke 35 50%
Garvin 34 49%
King 26 37%
Lancaster 25 36%
Burks 18 26%
Slaton 17 24%
Black 10 14%