5 most underappreciated players in Tennessee Titans history

  • Delanie Walker was beyond valuable for the Titans
  • Billy Volek wasn't all that bad
  • Derrick Mason was the man

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No. 4 most underappreciated player in Titans history: Delanie Walker, TE

This one is from the not-so-distant past. Running back Derrick Henry notwithstanding, the Titans haven't had many skill-position players with name recognition. Wide receiver A.J. Brown was becoming a fan favorite before former general manager Jon Robinson decided to ship him to the Philadephia Eagles in 2022.

Corey Davis was another Titans wideout who had his moments but the only skilled-position player not named Henry that has truly shined in Tennessee the last few years is tight end Delanie Walker.

A sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, Walker was a dependable but not a great tight end early in his NFL career. He truly exploded (figuratively) when he signed with Tennessee in 2013. In his own words, he chose the Titans because they gave them a legitimate chance to be a starter and he made the most of his opportunity.

The Central Missouri State product proceeded to haul in 354 receptions for 4,156 yards with 26 touchdowns the next five seasons. On top of that, he made the Pro Bowl three straight times from 2015-2018.

Unfortunately, injuries limited Walker to eight games in the next two years. He tried to latch onto a new team after 2019 but didn't find one, so he officially announced his retirement in 2022. It's important to note that the Titans have failed to find a legitimate replacement for Walker since he last played for them. That goes on to show just how valuable he was in Tennessee.