COMMENTARY | Through the nine days of Baltimore Ravens training camp, there has been nothing but a wide array of storylines to follow. From tight end Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury to Vonta Leach's return to the team to Asa Jackson's suspension, the Ravens' training camp has been an up-and-down process so far.
Speaking of ups and downs, who are the Ravens players who have either increased or decreased their stock so far in training camp?
Stock Up: Tandon Doss
Before expectations get too high, realize that anything positive about Tandon Doss should be taken with a grain of salt right now until he can prove himself in a game. So far, Doss has been the Ravens' answer to replace Anquan Boldin as a slot receiver and go-to man on short-yardage plays.
Doss has also been praised for his ability to flash one of the best sets of hands on the team. Sounds odd, right? While Doss has always been a guy who has drawn praise during practices for his potential and reliable hands, that has yet to be shown in a regular-season or playoff game.
Doss' inability to make an impact in his first two NFL seasons stems from his wildly inconsistent hands, which came to fruition when he dropped back-to-back passes in the Ravens' wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts last season. He still needs to prove himself in a live game, but it is a still a promising sign that he has drawn positive reviews so far in training camp.
Stock Down: Tommy Streeter
While one receiver, Doss, has taken advantage of the wide open race at wide receiver, another one has failed to do so. Second-year receiver Tommy Streeter, who spent the 2012 season on injured reserve, entered this year's training camp with expectations of his desirable physical skill set and talent coming together, making him a legitimate contender for playing time this season.
So far, that has been far from the case.
Streeter is listed behind special-teamer David Reed and LaQuan Williams, who doesn't figure to make the team. He is in the same discussion as rookies Aaron Mellete and Marlon Brown on the depth chart, which isn't where he should be right now. Streeter has plenty of ground to make up in order to make the final 53-man roster.
Stock Up: Justin Tucker
After going through a battle with Billy Cundiff for a roster spot last season, second-year kicker Justin Tucker is now settled in as the Ravens' long-term option at kicker.
Tucker has shined so far during training camp, and he almost hit a 71-yard field goal the other day. He has displayed his leg strength on multiple occasions, connecting on attempts from over 60 yards on Wednesday and Thursday. He has one of the strongest legs in the NFL already, and he is also one of the most accurate kickers.
After missing only three field goals in the regular season in 2012 and making all four of his playoff field goal attempts, Tucker is primed to be even better this year.
Stock Down: Asa Jackson
For a player who entered training camp with uncertainty as to whether or not he'd make the final roster, second-year cornerback Asa Jackson didn't help his cause on Friday.
He was suspended by the NFL for eight games after failing another drug test. This is the second time Jackson has been suspended in as many years, which doesn't bode well for his future in Baltimore. Jackson was a fringe roster player to begin with, and with him being unavailable for half of the regular season, the Ravens may decide that Jackson isn't worth the trouble and could move on from him sooner than later.
Kyle Casey is a sports writer living in Baltimore, Md. He maintains his own football site, End Zone Report, and is the editor of Cat Crave.
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