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Packers vs. Steelers: Which players hurt their stock?

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Don Barclay had a long day at left tackle.

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The Green Bay Packers' second preseason game is now in the books, and so we have our next batch of player superlatives. Obviously, the most compelling and important storyline of the game concerns the knee of wide receiver Jordy Nelson, but both this article and its companion piece released earlier today will discuss other matters.

Here are the players that hurt their stock the most during Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Don Barclay

For one drive, Don Barclay looked surprisingly competent in his left tackle debut. The fourth-year lineman coming off ACL reconstruction didn't yield a single pressure, and the Packers capped off the drive with an Eddie Lacy touchdown that came behind Barclay and Josh Sitton.

The feel-good narrative ended there.

Over the next few drives, Barclay allowed a sack of Aaron Rodgers for a safety and another sack of Tolzien. The lineman was also flagged for holding. The coaching staff may express confidence in Barclay publicly, but if David Bakhtiari can't go Week 1 of the regular season, expect to see Bryan Bulaga covering the reigning MVP's blindside.

Tim Masthay

If you just look at the averages, Masthay appears to have given a solid performance. The punter averaged 43.3 yards per punt, including a net long of 56 yards. At the same time, Masthay had a 29-yard shank, the kind of play that characterized his poor 2014 season.

"I definitely wanted that one back," Masthay told reporters after the game. "I struggled going right today."

With Cody Mandell gone, Masthay doesn't have another punter breathing down his neck. However, that could change if he has another shank or two next week.

Quinten Rollins

Including Quinten Rollins on this list may be a little harsh, but his performance feels like a letdown after his strong showing last week where he broke up multiple passes and nearly forced two interceptions. This time around, Rollins didn't break up a single pass, instead getting picked on during the second half.

Rollins still has an opportunity to compete for significant playing time, but he also has strong competition from Damarious Randall and LaDarius Gunter, the latter of which has enjoyed maybe the best training camp and preseason of any rookie on the Packers' roster.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.