When the Packers moved on from Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan, the expectation was that Josiah Deguara would earn more playing time, at least early in the season. But the emergence of rookie tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft has significantly reduced Deguara's role.
The former third-round pick has played fewer snaps this season than in the previous two years when Lewis and Tonyan, two established veterans, were on the roster.
Deguara couldn't even regularly get on the field when the Packers lost Musgrave to injury. Deguara was active in four of the six games Musgrave missed but played just 42 offensive snaps. For comparison, Kraft played 362 snaps, and even Ben Sims was on the field for 115 snaps.
Deguara becomes a free agent in the offseason, and his departure is inevitable. The Packers haven't found a role for him this year. With Musgrave and Kraft healthy, Deguara likely won't play many snaps in Sunday's wild-card round against the Cowboys.
Green Bay drafted Deguara in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, hoping he could play the Kyle Juszczyk role, but it hasn't worked out. A fresh start with a new team is what Deguara needs next season.