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

Mike Florio and Chris Simms give their reactions to Brett Favre's comments on The Rich Eisen Show regarding the Packers drafting Jordan Love and what that means for Aaron Rodgers.

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 “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.