3 Green Bay Packers on the hot seat entering Week 16

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The Green Bay Packers crashed back down to earth with consecutive defeats to the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There were still positives to take away. Rookie receivers Jayden Reed and Dontayvion Wicks continue to impress, while Jordan Love played relatively well in both games. Love didn't cost the Packers. The defense did.

While Green Bay has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the direction this team is headed, there are some significant questions to answer in the final three weeks of the regular season.

These three Packers are on the hot seat and could be battling for their futures with the team.

3. Jon Runyan Jr.

Jon Runyan Jr. appears to be nearing the end of his time in Green Bay. He is a free agent in the spring but hasn't played consistently enough to land a new long-term deal. The pressure is on in the final three games, as the Packers are beginning to take a look at their potential future at right guard.

Runyan has started all 14 games for the Packers this season, but his snap counts are decreasing. He didn't miss a snap in the opening seven games, but that is changing. Over the past five games, second-year Sean Rhyan has been getting opportunities at right guard.

Runyan still dominated the snaps, playing over 75 percent in four straight games. However, that changed in last week's loss to the Buccaneers. Runyan and Rhyan almost split the snaps exactly in half. Runyan played slightly more at 52 percent.

Green Bay clearly wants to get a better look at Rhyan as a potential long-term option at right guard, and it would indicate the team is preparing for its future without Runyan in 2024.