The playoffs have come early for the Green Bay Packers. While they can still make the postseason with a loss in Week 18, their clearest path is to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday. But some players on the roster are also fighting for their 2024 jobs.
Matt LaFleur's team has exceeded expectations this season. They have the league's youngest roster but are a win away from the playoffs. Nobody saw that coming when the Packers lost their fourth straight game in October.
They will build on this talented young roster in the offseason, aiming to fix various potential needs, including in the secondary and along the offensive line. Multiple starters have expiring contracts and need a strong finish to the regular season to help land a new deal in Green Bay.
Which Packers are playing for their 2024 jobs in Week 18?
Jon Runyan Jr.
Jon Runyan Jr. is the Packers' starting right guard in name only. The job is split between Runyan and second-year Sean Rhyan, who may win the starting job in 2024. Over the past three games, Runyan has played 106 snaps compared to Rhyan's 101. It's an unusual rotation not often seen along the offensive line.
It also shows the Packers aren't fully convinced about Runyan being their long-term starting right guard. They want Rhyan to have enough opportunities to see what he can do.
If the Packers viewed Runyan as their starter in 2024, having him split snaps would be a strange decision. It would seem they are preparing for their future without Runyan.
However, the season isn't over yet. It's up to Runyan to make the Packers rethink any plans to move on from him in the spring. Runyan could start at center if Josh Myers misses the game, allowing him to show his ability at a different position. That could help his chances of landing a new deal.